More than 300 graduates to walk down Avenue of the Oaks at commencement May 8

Wed, 04/28/2010 (All day)

April 28, 2010

MOBILE, Ala. – More than 300 graduates will make the historic walk down the “Avenue of the Oaks” at Spring Hill College’s commencement exercises on Saturday, May 8. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m.

John S. Eads IV, founder of Light of the Village Ministry, is the keynote speaker. Light of the Village is a nonprofit ministry in the Alabama Village community in Prichard, Ala.

Eads and his wife, Delores, founded Light of the Village in 2002. As executive director, Eads supervises an inner-city ministry that operates a private school, summer camp, after-school program, and job development placement program. He also directs a gang intervention program for Mobile County and has established ministry sites throughout the Southeast targeting at-risk youth and communities.

Since 1997 Eads has worked as juvenile coordinator and seminar instructor with Prison Fellowship Ministries, a re-entry and gang-intervention program for incarcerated and gang-affiliated youth returning to Mobile County.

The college will hold its annual Baccalaureate Mass for graduates and their families on Friday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m. in St. Joseph Chapel on campus. Homilist will be the Very Rev. Mark A. Lewis, S.J., provincial of the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Lewis is a former faculty member at Spring Hill and serves on the college’s board of trustees.