Auburn summer commencement ceremonies to take place Aug. 5-6

Distinguished alumnus, CEO and veterinarian Jay Price to deliver address

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Auburn University’s summer commencement exercises will take place Aug. 5-6, featuring a keynote address by prominent business owner, veterinarian and Auburn alumnus Dr. Jay Price on Friday, Aug. 5.

The summer commencement weekend begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, in Neville Arena with a ceremony that will feature the conferral of degrees, greetings by university officials, the recognition of students graduating with academic honors and the keynote by Price. Families and guests can attend the Friday event, with doors opening at 3 p.m. The ceremony will be streamed live on the university’s commencement website.

Price, a 2006 Auburn graduate with a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, is the founder and chief executive officer of Southern Veterinary Partners, one of the largest networks of animal hospitals in the nation. With more than 7,000 employees in over 300 locations across 22 states, Price created a pioneering business model focused on delivering exceptional veterinary care to animals and clients. In addition, SVP provides integrated support to animal hospitals by offering comprehensive resources such as human resources, finance, marketing and other operational support services.

Since his graduation, Price, a Phenix City native, focused on fostering a community of animal care and veterinary providers known for offering personalized patient care and strengthening animal health and welfare needs. Following its establishment in 2014, SVP was named among Inc. 5000’s list of Fastest Growing Companies in America and as one of the Fastest Growing Companies in Birmingham by the Birmingham Business Journal for several consecutive years. Most recently, SVP was certified as a Most Loved Workplace.

In addition to Friday’s offerings, commencement weekend will continue with combined college ceremonies taking place on Saturday, Aug. 6, in Neville Arena, with doors opening at 7 a.m. Ceremony start times for Saturday will be as follows: 8 a.m. for the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment and the College of Nursing; 9:20 a.m. for the College of Agriculture, College of Sciences and Mathematics, College of Education and College of Human Sciences; 10:40 a.m. for the Graduate School, including all doctoral and master’s candidates; 1:30 p.m. for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering; 2:45 p.m. for the College of Liberal Arts; and 4:05 p.m. for the Harbert College of Business.

In total, Auburn will award 1,424 degrees, including 152 doctoral degrees, 341 master’s degrees, two professional degrees, 20 education specialist degrees and 909 bachelor’s degrees.

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