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MC Awards Two Honorary Degrees

Former Mississippi Insurance Commissioner George Dale and new U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock will soon receive honorary doctorates from Mississippi College.

Dale, who holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree, both in education at MC, stepped down in December 2007 after 32 years as insurance commissioner. The Clintonian will receive the special recognition during graduation Saturday, May 10 on the Clinton campus. The event at A.E. Wood Coliseum begins at 10:30 a.m. with U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker to serve as keynote speaker.

First elected insurance commissioner in 1975, Dale now works for the Adams and Reese law firm in Jackson in the arena of governmental relations. The firm also maintains offices in such cities as Washington, D.C., Nashville and Baton Rouge. He will receive the Doctor of Laws degree. Dale is a former Moss Point assistant principal, teacher and coach. Until recently, Dale served on the 29-member Mississippi College Board of Trustees.

Aycock became the first woman to serve as U.S. District judge in Mississippi in January. The former Fulton lawyer and circuit judge in North Mississippi received U.S. Senate confirmation to the post last fall. Aycock is a 1980 graduate of the MC School of Law and go-editor of the MC Law Review. Aycock will receive her honorary Doctor of Laws degree during ceremonies Friday, May 9 at First Baptist Church in downtown Jackson. Aycock also will serve as keynote speaker at the 10 a.m. MCSOL graduation.

Aycock, who grew up in Tremont in North Mississippi, was recommended to President Bush for the federal judgeship by U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Trent Lott.

The honorary degrees for the two native Mississippians are for their dedicated service to the state, their community and their alma mater, MC school leaders say.