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Cumberlands to Host Annual Founders’ Day and Martin Luther King Memorial celebration

Williamsburg, Ky. – On Monday, January 16th University of the Cumberlands (UC) will be hosting their first spring semester convocation celebrating their annual Founders’ Day and Martin Luther King Memorial celebration at 10:00 am in the O. Wayne Rollins Center located on the University’s campus. During this time UC will also be presenting the Honorary Doctor of Law Degrees to Sara Combs and Roy Dowdy.

UC, formerly known as Cumberland College, enrolled its first class on January 7th, 1889. For over 120 years, Cumberland has provided a light of hope, not only in Appalachia, but throughout the nation and, indeed, around the world. Cumberlands has made remarkable progress overtime and is recognized both regionally and nationally in its ranking both academically and athletically as well as for its community service to Appalachia. Indeed, there always have been those who've dreamed the impossible dream and were willing to sacrifice everything to bring it to pass; so shall it continue to be.

Sara Walter Combs presently serves as the Chief Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals in the 7th District, 1st Division, Stanton, Kentucky. Judge Combs is the widow of former Governor Bert T. Combs, a Cumberlands alumnus. Students at UC receive educational opportunities because of the fund that was created in his name, The Bert T. Combs Scholarship Program.

Roy Dowdy was born in 1935 in Rhine, Georgia. At age ten, Roy moved to Fitzgerald, Georgia where at age 12 he watched the construction of a broadcast radio station. Mr. Dowdy’s radio career spanned over 30 years with active involvement in management/ownership operations. Dowdy is now retired from the communications industry and is currently living in Florida.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.