Lifelong educator and supporter of teaching and learning to Deliver Keynote Address
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University will bestow degrees on nearly 300 students at its annual Fall commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 10. Carolyn Munro Wilson’69, ’77, ’89, president of the George M. Cohen Foundation and a member of the JU Board of Trustees, will be the keynote speaker. Commencement will begin at 10 a.m. in Swisher Gymnasium.
An arts enthusiast, Munro Wilson earned a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and two master’s degrees. Through the George M. Cohen Foundation, she has worked to fund scholarships and academic and athletic programs at JU, and to provide resources for teachers in public and private schools.
Munro Wilson was instrumental in the completion of the renovated Davis Student Commons and is the namesake of the third-floor conference room, as well as Wilson Hall at the Campus Village Apartments. Wilson also created the "Fine Arts vs. Athletics" challenge. The goal was to increase attendance and support in both athletic and fine arts events, and to give the student-athletes a broader view of the University's fine arts offerings.
In 1996, she received JU’s Distinguished Alumna Award for her leadership in philanthropy and her work in advancing JU and higher education in general. The University honored her again in 2009 with the Community Woman of the Year Award.
The University will also honor those student/s who achieved a 4.0 grade point average with the prestigious Fred B. Noble Medal for Scholarship. The University will also present an honorary doctorate of humane letters to Munro Wilson.