MOBILE — Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson is the keynote speaker for the University of Mobile’s (UMobile) 49th graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. at the Mobile Civic Center.
Stimpson will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, and 285 candidates for graduation will receive master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees from the Christian university.
The William K. Weaver Jr. Excellence Award and the Annie Boyd Parker Weaver Excellence Award will be presented to the outstanding male and female students selected by vote of the university faculty.
Stimpson is a 1970 graduate of University Military School, now known as UMS-Wright Preparatory School, and a 1975 graduate of the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Upon graduation, he returned to his hometown of Mobile to pursue family, career and community service in what would become a 37-year-plus commitment to Gulf Lumber Co. and its successor, Scotch & Gulf Lumber. He worked his way up through virtually every job in the family business to become the chief financial officer prior to leaving the company to run for office in 2012.
His business and civic endeavors are numerous and varied. He has served extensively on the boards of UMS-Wright and Prichard Preparatory School, and has been a member of the boards of the Alabama Alliance of Business and Industry, Boys and Girls Club, and Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, where he served as chair in 2009. He continues to be active with the Alabama Business Hall of Fame Nominating Committee; the University of Alabama President’s Cabinet; the Business Council of Alabama, where he served as chair in 2010; and Coastal Alabama Leadership Council, where he currently serves as co-chair.