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Former Men's Tennis Player, SGA President to Speak at Convocation
Convocation will begin at 4 p.m. Aug. 20 in Byrnes Auditorium.
Kerion Ball '97 is the keynote speaker.
This will be President Anthony DiGiorgio's last Convocation and Blue Line procession.
A worldly Winthrop graduate is the keynote speaker for this year’s
on Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. in
Kerion Ball ’97
recently accepted a position in the securities and derivatives division of
, an international law firmed based in London. With 24 offices in 14 countries, the firm advises corporations, financial institutions and governments with a core emphasis in corporate, finance, energy, resources and infrastructure. Previously, he worked as a senior associate with Freshfields Bruchaus Deringer.
During his time at Winthrop, Ball was president of Winthrop’s
Student Government Association
, a member of
Model United Nations
and a member of the
He was one of eight players involved in a van crash in 1993 outside Hattiesburg, Miss., that killed a teammate and seriously injured another.
He still credits Winthrop in rallying to support the team, not only after the accident but for many years afterwards.
Ball, who majored in political science and minored in Spanish, was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and
Omicron Delta Kappa
and was the 1997 recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for excellence and service.
Ball met his wife, Aurelia Besnainou ’96 ’98, at Winthrop. The couple married and moved to New Zealand, where Ball earned his law degree and worked for the country’s top law firm, Bell Gully.
, traditionally held the day before classes begin, serves as an official welcome to new freshmen and their induction into the Winthrop community of learners. Offices will close at 3:45 p.m. so that all faculty and staff will be able to attend the ceremony.
During Winthrop’s Convocation ceremony, students will be welcomed to Rock Hill by
, chair of the
Board of Trustees
, mayor of Rock Hill;
, chair of the
Council of Student Leader
, faculty representative.
Immediately following Convocation,
President and Mrs. Anthony DiGiorgio
will lead students out of Byrnes and toward Tillman Hall in the traditional
Blue Line procession
. It will mark the last Convocation and procession for the president, who will retire at the end of 2012-13 academic year. The community picnic will follow on the lawn in front of
and Margaret Nance Hall at 5 p.m. The rain location for the picnic is the
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