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Winter commencement speaker Carmen Coleman

Winter Graduates to Hear Alumna, Educator, Carmen Coleman

Submitted on November 17, 2017

Preparations are underway for winter commencement which is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. in John L. Hill Chapel. President M. Dwaine Greene will preside. Carmen Coleman, GC Class of 1993, currently serving as interim chief academic officer for the Jefferson County Public Schools, will be the speaker.

Winter commencement combines the conferral of undergraduate bachelor’s degrees with those earning the Master of Arts in Education degree. It is anticipated that 18 undergraduate and 150 graduate education degrees will be awarded. Live streaming video will be available online at

Coleman has more than two decades of experience as a teacher, principal, and administrator. For the JCPS role, she has taken a one-year leave of absence from the University of Kentucky, where she is a clinical associate professor in the College of Education and has worked with the National Center for Innovation in Education and the Next Generation Leadership Academy.

Prior to working at UK, Coleman was the school superintendent in Danville from 2009-2014. A native of Georgetown, she began her career as an elementary teacher in Scott County, eventually moving her way up to principal of Anne Mason Elementary. For three years before going to Danville she was director of elementary schools for Fayette County Public Schools, the second largest school district in Kentucky.

Coleman holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Kentucky and both a master’s degree in elementary education and a bachelor’s degree in education from Georgetown College.

A week after winter commencement, the campus will close for Christmas and New Year’s break. Offices will be closed from Dec. 22 to Jan. 2. There will be an Inter-Term from Dec. 26-Jan. 8, however. Classes for the spring semester resume on Jan. 16.

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