Sen. Cochran to speak at Blue Mountain College commencement

BLUE MOUNTAIN – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran will deliver the Blue Mountain College commencement address during the May 9 graduation ceremonies.

“Senator Cochran has deep roots in this region and can serve as an inspiration to Blue Mountain College graduates to pursue lives of service with integrity,” said Dr. Bettye Rogers Coward, president of BMC. “We are so pleased that he will deliver the 2009 commencement address.”

Recently elected to his sixth term in the U.S. Senate, Cochran was born in Pontotoc County and his parents were both members of the Blue Mountain faculty when he was a child. He is married to the former Rose Clayton of New Albany.

Cochran earned a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in political science from the University of Mississippi, where he also earned his law degree after a stint as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Before graduating from law school, he was awarded a Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship and studied jurisprudence and international law for a year at Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland.

Named in 2006 as one of “America’s 10 Best Senators” by Time magazine, Cochran also served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi’s fourth congressional district.

Cochran has served as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, and the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.

He currently serves as ranking member of the full Appropriations Committee and the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. He also serves as a member of Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and the Rules Committee.

Special to NEMS360.com