Mercer’s School of Law will hold its commencement ceremony on May 12 at 10 a.m. in Hawkins Arena. The commencement speaker will be Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a 1964 graduate of Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts and 1966 graduate of Mercer Law School. Deal will deliver his address to 120 candidates for degrees.
A livestream of the event will be available online.
Since taking office in 2011, Deal has led Georgia to become the No. 1 state in the nation for business for three years in a row — a first in Georgia history — and helped create more than 540,000 private sector jobs. In the last six years, Georgia’s job growth has outpaced the national average, while its population has jumped from 10th to eighth nationally.
A Sandersville native, Deal served in the U.S. Army at Fort Gordon in Augusta after graduating with his law degree from Mercer. He then began a private law practice in Gainesville, the hometown of his wife, Sandra Deal. While his wife taught in Hall County public schools, he began a career in public service, working as a prosecutor, judge, state senator and U.S. congressman for Georgia’s 9th District. He was elected as Georgia’s 82nd governor in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.