FAYETTEVILLE – City Councilwoman Valencia A. Applewhite will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates at the University's Fayetteville/Ft. Bragg site on Saturday, May 14.
The ceremony, set to begin at 10 a.m., will be held at the Crown Center Ballroom. Fifty students are expected to receive degrees.
Originally from New York City, Applewhite enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1979. She came to Fayetteville in 1994 while on active duty and was assigned to Pope Air Force Base.
During her 25-year active duty and civilian Air Force career, Applewhite served in the telecommunications and information systems fields with special emphasis in communications security, leadership and management training.
Applewhite was elected as the District 7 representative on the Fayetteville City Council in 2007. She is a member of the Transportation Advisory Commission and the City Council's Appointment Committee. In 2010, she was appointed to serve on the North Carolina Lottery Oversight Committee and she also serves on the Partnership for Children Planning and Evaluation Committee.
Applewhite is a realtor, specializing in military relocations, and is the owner of On Point Image Consulting. She is married to Ken and they have two sons Joseph and Damani.
Troy University, headquartered in Troy, Ala., operates four campuses in Alabama and some 60 locations in 15 U.S. states and 12 countries outside the United States and one U.S. territory.