Artist Greg Crumbly to Speak at Hodges University’s 2018 Commencement Ceremony
University is proud to announce that world-renowned artist Gregory Crumbly will
deliver its 2018 commencement address on Sunday, June 10. This year’s
commencement will be held at Germain Arena in Estero at 4:00 p.m.
is known for his portrait paintings of African American historical figures,
including Martin Luther King Jr., Henry Osian Flipper, Malcolm X and Barack
Obama. His talent for drawing and painting began at a young age after suffering
a severe hand injury at the age of 12. Possessing a passion for art, he
attended the Governor’s School for the Arts at Bucknell University and
graduated with a degree in psychology and art history in 1980.
the United States Army after graduation, he served in Panama, Nicaragua and
Grenada as an Army Ranger. After his helicopter was shot down, he decided to
leave the military in 1988 and join the Pittsburgh Police Department as a
forensic detective, drawing sketches and helping police identify and apprehend
criminals. In 1994, he was shot in the leg and underwent eight operations that
left him unable to serve in the field. Traveling to Tampa to work a case, he
opted to stay, retiring in 1999.
addition to hearing from Crumbly, students and attendees will hear from faculty
speaker Dr. Afsaneh Farhadi, who serves as the program chair of Hodges’ School
of Liberal Studies. She recently earned her Ph.D. in informational technology
and distance education from Nova Southeastern University. She possesses a
bachelor’s degree in English literature and Russian studies from Wheaton
College and a master’s degree in English language and literature from
commencement audience will also hear from student speaker Christin Olsen, who
is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. A United States
Army veteran, she spent 11 years as a military police officer, serving in
Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011 before being medically retired in June 2016.
the founding of Hodges University in 1990, the total number of degrees
conferred is more than 10,000, which includes this year’s estimated 437
conferred degrees. For more information, visit www.hodges.edu/graduation
or call (800) 466-0019.