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Novelist Robert Morgan and N.C. Department of Administration Secretary Katie G. Dorsett Address December Graduates at Appalachian

BOONE — Novelist Robert Morgan will address undergraduates during fall commencement Dec. 16 at Appalachian State University. Graduate students will hear from N.C. Department of Administration Secretary Katie G. Dorsett. Undergraduates will receive degrees at 1 p.m. at the Holmes Convocation Center. The Cratis Williams Graduate School ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. in Farthing Auditorium.

Morgan has been a visiting writer in residence in Appalachian’s creative writing program this semester. The author of “Gap Creek” and “The Truest Pleasure” has been a member of the faculty at Cornell University for 30 years.

Morgan has received four NEA Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship, the North Carolina Award for Literature, the James G. Hanes Poetry Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the “Jacaranda Review” Fiction Prize.

His works have appeared in “News Stories from the South and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards.”

Morgan’s other works include “Green River: New and Selected Poems,” the short story collection “The Balm of Gilead Tree,” and a re-release of his classic mountain trilogy “The Hinterlands.” Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill published “Gap Creek” and “The Truest Pleasure.” Simon & Schuster has just released the paperback version of “Gap Creek” and reprinted paperbacks of “The Blue Valleys” and “The Mountains Won’t Remember Us.”

Gov. Jim Hunt appointed Dorsett to the post of administration secretary in 1993. She was the first African-American female to hold a cabinet position in North Carolina.

Dorsett has three decades of experience in education, local government and community service. The Mississippi native earned a bachelor’s degree from Alcorn State University, a master’s degree from Indiana University and an Ed.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was a professor in N.C. A&T’s College of Business and Economics for 32 years.

Created in 1957, the Department of Administration is the business manager for North Carolina state government.

Thirteen individuals have served as secretary since its creation.

There is no limit on the number of guests a student may invite to graduation.

Tickets are not required. Parking is available for the handicapped. Students (or their guests) should contact the University’s Traffic Office at (828) 262-2878 for information about handicapped parking.

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