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UNA’s Fall Commencement to Feature Space & Rocket Center CEO and Alabama’s Teacher of the Year

Nov. 14, 2019

FLORENCE, AL The University of North Alabama fall commencement ceremonies will take place over two days in December.

The ceremony for the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions and the College of Education and Human Sciences will be Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in Flowers Hall. Carol Behel, Alabamas Teacher of the Year and a 1990 UNA graduate, will be the featured commencement speaker.

On Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m., in Flowers Hall, the ceremony will take place for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business. Dr. Deborah E. Barnhart, the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center will be the featured commencement speaker.

Behel has 25 years of experience in education. A first-generation college graduate, she has degrees from the University of North Alabama and is pursuing her Doctor of Education degree from the University of Alabama. For the last eight years, she has been working with children and families of various language and cultural backgrounds at Weeden Elementary School in Florence. As the states Teacher of the Year, she will travel to different schools in Alabama to share her teaching philosophies. She is also a contender for the National Teacher of the Year; Behel will travel to Washington, D.C. in January to participate in that event.

Dr. Barnhart has served in her role at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center since December of 2010. The Center is the official Visitor Center for NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center and is home to U.S. Space Camp, U.S. Space Academy, Aviation Challenge, and Robotics Camp. The Center is also Alabamas leading tourist attraction. Dr. Barnharts career spans four decades of service in commercial industry, government, aerospace and defense. A retired Navy Captain (0-6), she was one of the first 10 women assigned to duty aboard ships and commanded five units in her 26 year career. She was vice president of three Dow 30 aerospace and defense companies, serving in manufacturing, business development, program and research management, and congressional lobbying for Honeywell International, McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), and United Technologies Aerospace.

About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. UNA Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Big South Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: and