Alan Horton to Deliver Hodges University’s 2016 Commencement Address
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
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.
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 www.hodges.edu/graduation or call (800) 466-8017 or (800) 466-8019.