King Hosts Special Commencement Ceremony for Softball Seniors Prior to NCAA Tournament

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BRISTOL, Tenn -- Three seniors from the Lady Tornado Softball team participated in a special commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m. on the campus Oval prior to heading south to North Georgia College & State University for the NCAA Softball Regional Tournament. Kendall Brabson of Bean Station, Tenn., Tiffany Harris of North Tazewell, Va., and Christy Kooch of Knoxville, Tenn., along with family members united on the Oval for the special ceremony.

Brabson plays first base and also pitches for the Lady Tornado. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English. Harris, outfielder for the Lady Tornado and photographer for the yearbook, received her Bachelor of Arts in Technical & Professional Communication. Kooch, outfielder, was awarded her Bachelor of Science in Nursing magna cum laude.

The Conference Carolinas Tournament Champion King College Lady Tornado Softball team is on its way to North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega, Ga. to take part in the Southeast Regional Tournament, held May 4-6. Brabson, Harris, and Kooch will join the team after their commencement ceremony.

King earned the No. 8 seed and will be one of four teams playing the first regional round. The pool of opponents includes No. 5 Columbus State, No. 4 Augusta State, and top-ranked host North Georgia. The Lady Tornado (34-17) will play North Georgia (45-8) at on May 4 at 6:00 p.m. Depending on the outcome of the game, King will return to the diamond at either 1:30 or 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. All games are being played at Haines and Carolyn Hill Stadium.

North Georgia is currently ranked 11th in the country while Columbus State received 15 votes in the latest poll, placing them 28th. King is the only Conference Carolinas school represented in the Southeast Regional Tournament.

The Lady Tornado advanced to the NCAA Regional Tournament by winning four games and the Conference Carolinas Tournament. They defeated Queens University of Charlotte in a 12-inning thriller before eliminated host Coker College and then defeated top-ranked North Greenville University twice to clinch the program and College's first Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship.

The speaker for the special Commencement ceremony was Dr. Gregory D. Jordan, President of King College. Dr. Jordan received a bachelor's degree from Belhaven College and two master's degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Hebrew-Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as his Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Dr. Jordan joined the King College faculty in 1980. He later served as chairman of both the Bible and Religion Department and the Humanities Division. In 1990, he was named vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of Faculty. He also served for more than a year as interim dean of Admissions. He was unanimously elected by the Board of Trustees in October 1997 to serve as the 21st president of King College.