Troy University will award more than 800 diplomas in the coming days as the University hosts fall commencement ceremonies on its Troy, Dothan and Montgomery campuses.
More than 500 students representing 22 states and 15 nations are expected to participate in commencement exercises on the Troy Campus on Friday, Dec. 12. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Trojan Arena. The ceremony will be streamed live at www.troy.edu/live and also air live on TROY TrojanVision. To find the TROY TrojanVision channel in your area, visit the online channel listing at http://troytrojanvision.org/channel-listing.html.
Alumnus, author and finance professional David Mallach will deliver the keynote address for the ceremony. A 1971 marketing and business graduate, Mallach is managing director of investments for Merrill Lynch and has been with the company for more than 40 years. His books include "Moneywork$," "Investment Secrets," Dancing with the Analysts," "Walking with the Analysts," "Running with the Analysts," "Myth," and "The Trillion Dollar Sure Thing." Many of his Wall Street thrillers revolve around a main character – Johnny Long, so named in honor of Dr. John M. Long, director emeritus of the Sound of the South Marching Band and one of Mallach's mentors.
Graduates on the Dothan Campus will receive their degrees on Sunday, Dec. 14. The ceremony is set for 3 p.m. at the Dothan Civic Center. The Dothan Campus ceremony will be cablecast on TrojanVision on a delayed basis later in the week of Dec. 15.
More than 200 students will receive degrees this fall from the Dothan Campus. Local business leader Mark Saliba will deliver the keynote address for the Dothan ceremony. Saliba is president of the Alfred Saliba Corporation, one of the leading construction companies in the Southeast. He is a member of the Dothan/Wiregrass Home Builders Association Hall of Fame and has served on the organization's board and as a past president. At the state level, Saliba has been involved with the Home Builders Association of Alabama since 1990 and was state president in 2006. He was voted Builder of the Year in Alabama in 1993 and received a Presidential Award in 2010. In 2012, Saliba was inducted into the Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame.
Gene Kranz, the legendary NASA Flight Control Director who led the effort to save Apollo 13, will deliver the keynote address to TROY graduates on the Montgomery Campus. The ceremony will be held on Monday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on the Montgomery Campus. Approximately 125 students are set to receive degrees this fall at the Montgomery Campus. The Montgomery Campus ceremony will also air live on TrojanVision and streamed live at www.troy.edu/live.
A veteran Air Force pilot during the 1950s, Kranz joined NASA in 1060 as assistant flight director for Project Mercury. He was selected as division chief for Flight Control in 1968, and continued his duties as flight director for the Apollo Program. Known for wearing his famous white vests during missions, Kranz was the flight director for many Apollo missions, including the Apollo 11 lunar landing, and he led the "Tiger Team" for the successful return of the Apollo 13 crew. He was portrayed by Ed Harris in the film "Apollo 13."