Putnam to speak at
Florida Southern commencement
Dan Johnson will deliver baccalaureate sermon during morning graduation
(April 26, 2001) - Congressman Adam Putnam will deliver the commencement
address at Florida Southern College’s Spring Graduation at 2 p.m.
Sunday in the Jenkins Field House on campus. More than 250 students
will receive their degrees during the afternoon ceremony.
More than 50
evening, MBA and Orlando campus students will receive their degrees
during the baccalaureate service Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in Branscomb
Auditorium. The Rev. Dr. Dan Johnson, a senior minister from Trinity
United Methodist Church in Gainesville, will offer the baccalaureate
sermon at that ceremony.
excited to have such exceptional people speak to our graduates,"
said Florida Southern President Tom Reuschling. "Congressman
Putnam will inspire our graduates, considering his accomplishments
at such a young age. The Reverend Dr. Johnson is a prominent member
of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He pastors
one of the largest and fastest growing congregations in Florida."
At 26, Putnam
is the youngest member of Congress. A native of Bartow, he was elected
to Florida’s 12th District last year and serves on the
Agriculture, Budget and Government Reform Committees. He is Vice
Chairman of the Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on National
Security, Veteran’s Affairs and International Relations.
Prior to his
election to Congress, Putnam represented the 63rd District in the
Florida House of Representatives, where he served as chairman of
the Florida House Agriculture Committee.
been a United Methodist minister since 1974 in churches throughout
Florida and New Jersey. He received his master’s in theology and
his doctorate in Biblical studies from Princeton Theological Seminary
and his bachelor’s degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. His
congregation at Trinity United Methodist Church is approximately
Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal arts college
affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It offers more than
40 undergraduate majors and a master of business administration
degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland, Fla.,
the college is home to the largest, single-site collection of Frank
Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.