Cedar Rapids native, Coe alumnus Bruce Spivey to deliver commencement address at Coe

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2013-04-26 11:20:26 - General

Dr. Bruce Spivey '56

Cedar Rapids native and Coe alumnus Bruce Spivey will deliver the commencement address on Sunday, May 12, at 10 a.m. at Coe College. At his final commencement as college president, James Phifer will confer Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees on 280 graduates.

Spivey grew up close to the Coe campus and graduated in 1956 with a bachelor's degree in general science. He went on to earn a medical degree from the University of Iowa in 1959, a Master of Science degree from the University of Iowa in 1964, and a Master of Education degree from the University of Illinois in 1969.

Spivey served in the United States Army, becoming the first ophthalmologist in Vietnam in 1965-66. From 1966-71, he taught on the ophthalmology faculty at the University of Iowa, and was the chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at California Pacific Medical Center from 1971-87. Also, he was the dean of the School of Medical Sciences at the University of the Pacific from 1971-76.

For the balance of his career, Spivey served as the chief executive officer for several of the nation's largest health care organizations, including the Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center (now CPMC, 1976-92), the American Academy of Ophthalmology (1976-92), California Healthcare System (1987-1992), Northwestern Healthcare Network (1992-97) and Columbia Cornell Care (1997-2002). From 1994-2006, he was the secretary general of the International Council of Ophthalmology, and since 2006, he has served as president of the organization. Spivey has also been the chairman of the Pacific Vision Foundation since 2007.

In addition, Spivey has served as the president of the American Board of Medical Specialties, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, Society of Medical Administrators, American Ophthalmological Society, and other organizations.


Rev. Dr. John Buchanan

Baccalaureate will be held on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 3 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

The Baccalaureate speaker is the Rev. Dr. John Buchanan, editor of The Christian Century magazine and pastor emeritus of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Prior to moving to Chicago in 1985, Buchanan pastored Presbyterian churches in Ohio and Indiana. He served as moderator of the 208th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., and as a member of its General Assembly Council from 1996 through 1999.

Buchanan is the author of "A New Church for a New World, Being Church, Becoming Community, and Sermons for the City." He holds a bachelor's degree in government from Franklin and Marshall College and a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School/Chicago Theological Seminary.

Schedule of events

Saturday, May 11
10 a.m. - Academic Honors Convocation in Dows Theatre
1 p.m. - Nurses' Pinning Ceremony in Dows Theatre
1:30 p.m. - Phi Beta Kappa initiates will be honored at an induction ceremony in the Perrine Gallery of Stewart Memorial Library.
3 p.m. - Baccalaureate service in Sinclair Memorial Auditorium

Sunday, May 12
10 a.m. - Graduates will ring the Victory Bell in front of Eby Fieldhouse and then proceed across campus, escorted by the faculty, for the start of commencement exercises on the Stewart Memorial Library mall. Graduates will be honored at a reception in Gage Memorial Union Dining Hall - The "U" - following commencement. In case of inclement weather, the commencement ceremony will be held in Eby Fieldhouse.

For more information on graduation weekend events, contact the Coe Office of Marketing and Public Relations at (319) 399-8581 or go to www.coe.edu/graduation.