Lauren Manning, survivor of the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, will be the keynote speaker at both the University of North Alabama’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 10:00am and 2:00pm.
Manning, a senior vice president and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald in 2001, was entering the lobby of WTC1 as Flight 11 struck. Flaming jet fuel exploding from the elevator shafts burned more than 80% of her body. Manning is one of Cantor’s very few survivors – the firm, located atop Tower 1, lost 658 employees in the attacks.
Manning has written a book, Unmeasured Strength, about her recovery and her husband Greg, wrote Love, Greg & Lauren about the ordeal. Both books were bestsellers. Lauren Manning was chosen to run with the Olympic torch, was named one of the 15 Extraordinary Women of 2003 by Biography magazine, and was chosen as one of CNN’s Most Intriguing Newsmakers of the Past 25 Years.
The morning commencement ceremony for honors graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Sciences, will begin at 10:00am. The second ceremony at 2:00pm is comprised of graduates from the Colleges of Business, Nursing and Allied Health and the Professional and Interdisciplinary Studies programs. Both commencements will be held in Flowers Hall.
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Florence, AL 35632