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Businessman and Baptist Leader Speak at 2012 Mississippi College Graduations

April 2, 2012

Business executive Dan Grafton and longtime Southern Baptist leader Jerry Rankin will be among Mississippi College’s spring 2012 graduation speakers. Both are MC graduates.

The retired president and CEO of Vertex Aerospace LLC based in Madison, Grafton will speak to Graduate School ceremonies at 7 p.m. on Friday May 4 at the A.E. Wood Coliseum.

An Ellisville native, Grafton worked with the company for 27 years, including 14 years as president. The company provides aerospace support services to the U.S. Department of Defense. Employing 11,600 people in 30 countries, it was formerly Raytheon Aerospace, one of the largest aerospace and technical service companies in the world.

Grafton is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with an MBA from Mississippi College. In 2005, the Mississippian received the Executive Excellence Award from the MC School of Business. He and his wife, Judy, who live in Madison County, have three adult children and five grandkids. A member of the Canton Rotary Club, Grafton is presently chairman of the board of the Trustmark Corporation and Trustmark National Bank.

Dr. Jerry Rankin, the president emeritus of the International Mission Board, will speak to two MC graduations on May 5.

The Tupelo native will address the School of Christian Studies and the Arts, the School of Business and the School of Education at 10 a.m. in the A.E. Wood Coliseum. Rankin, who is now a Christian Studies instructor at his alma mater in Clinton, will also speak at 2 p.m. ceremonies that Saturday afternoon for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Science and Mathematics.

Rankin received his bachelor’s degree at MC, his master of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and honorary doctorates from MC and California Baptist University. He previously served as pastor of Sadler (Texas) Baptist Church. His wife, Bobbye, a Brookhaven native, is also an MC graduate.

Dr. Beth Tinnon, the academic coordinator at the Mississippi College School of Nursing, will speak to nursing graduation ceremonies on Friday May 4 in Swor Auditorium. The program begins at 11 a.m.


Photo: Don Grafton

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