The Rev. Elizabeth McGregor Simmons to Deliver Agnes Scott Baccalaureate Remarks
Friday, April 23, 2010
The Rev. Elizabeth “Lib” McGregor Simmons, a 1974 graduate of the college, will deliver Agnes Scott College’s Baccalaureate Vespers remarks on May 7.
The Baccalaureate service will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall. A reception for graduates and their guests will follow on the Woodruff Quadrangle.
Simmons is the first female pastor and head of staff of the 171 year-old Davidson College Presbyterian Church in Davidson, N.C., a position she has held since 2008. She has also served as pastor of University Church in San Antonio, Texas, and on staffs at churches in Jacksonville, Fla., and St. Louis, Mo.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Agnes Scott, Simmons majored in sociology. She received her Master of Divinity with distinction from Columbia Theological Seminary. She returned to Columbia in 2002 as a Campbell Scholar, working with an international group of scholars and pastors in theological reflection on world hunger. She has been active also in efforts to combat domestic violence and in interfaith work to serve individuals with AIDS.
Simmons has served on the board of directors for Davidson-Cornelius Day Care in Davidson, N.C., and The Pines at Davidson and serves on the Clergy Advisory Board for Mecklenburg Ministries in Charlotte, N.C.
She received a Women in Power Award from the National Council of Jewish Women in 1986 and a Distinguished Service Award from the Columbia Theological Seminary Alumni Association in 2007.
Simmons and her husband, Gary, are parents of one adult son.
Agnes Scott’s 121st Commencement follows on May 8 at 9:30 a.m. in the Science Quadrangle with The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright, the 64th U.S. Secretary of State and the first woman named to that position, presenting the address.
Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.