Alan Horton to Deliver Hodges University’s 2016 Commencement Address

Alan Horton

Hodges University is proud to announce that Alan Horton, former Naples Daily News editor and Hodges’ 2015 Humanitarian of the Year, will deliver its 2016 commencement address on Sunday, June 12. This year’s commencement will be held at Germain Arena in Estero at 4:00 p.m.

“Alan Horton is a passionate ambassador of education. We are so grateful that he has agreed to share his unique historical perspective and extraordinary understanding of our modern world as the commencement speaker for the 2016 graduating class at Hodges University,” said Phil Memoli, vice president of university advancement at Hodges.

An award-winning reporter, editor and publisher, Horton served as the senior vice president of newspapers for the E.W. Scripps Co. and was editor of the Naples Daily News from 1987-1991. He and his wife, Beverly, received the 2012 Heart of the Apple Award from the Education Foundation, and in 2013, he earned the title of the Naples Daily News Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

Serving as faculty speaker is Professor Tracey Lanham, program chair of the computer information technology programs in the Fisher School of Technology.  An alumna, Lanham earned her associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer information technology from Hodges. She is actively involved in the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (SWFRTP). She also organizes area AspireIT programming camps for girls in grades 6-12. Recently, she received the Woman in Technology Award from the SWFRTP.

The commencement audience will also hear from student speaker Terry Cochran, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in legal studies. A United States Air Force veteran, he currently serves as the sergeant of the major crimes unit in Port Charlotte. He is awaiting admission to Stetson Law School’s part-time program. His goal is to become a police attorney.

Selected by Hodges’ Graduation Committee, the student speaker must be receiving a baccalaureate degree, possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.90 or higher and be recommended by his/her specified school.

Since the founding of Hodges University in 1990, the total number of degrees conferred is more than 9,600, which includes this year’s estimated 440 conferred degrees. For more information, visit or call (800) 466-8017 or (800) 466-8019.

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