Commencement Information for Memphis Campus
May 16, 2014
- Where: Main Sanctuary of Second Presbyterian Church, 4055 Poplar Avenue | Memphis, Tennessee 38111. Ceremony starts at 7:00 pm, graduates must check in by 5:30.
- Regalia: Regalia will be available for student and faculty to pickup, Date and Time TBA.
- Seating information Theater style. Please let us know if special seating or handicap seating is required.
- Photographer: Rick Grainger Photography
will be taking pictures at 5:30pm in the setup area before the ceremony.
- Organist: Samuel Metzger
- Bagpiper: J. Steven Sanders, Gallowglass Pipers
- Color Guard: Manassas High School
- Catering: Scoops Ice Cream Catering of Memphis
- Questions: If you need further clarification please contact Tony Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-767-8977.
- Commencement Speaker: Dr. K. B. Turner, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Dr. K. B. Turner received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His teaching interests are in the area of theory, race and crime, and police issues. His research interests include crime and punishment, courts, police administration, and race and crime.
Dr. Turner is co-author with Dr. Samuel Walker of an early research project that analyzed hiring and promotion practices of the fifty largest American police departments; concluding that “modest gains” had been made in some of the sampled departments. His work has appeared in Criminal Law Bulletin, Challenge, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Executive Forum.
His current research agenda includes judicial decision-making, capital punishment and issues relating to racial profiling. Dr. Turner holds a current law enforcement certification and is a certified law enforcement instructor. His 20 years of law enforcement experience includes several years with the Omaha Police Department prior to joining the criminal justice faculty at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He has also served in other law enforcement agencies assisting with their training programs.
Most recently, Dr. Turner has been involved as an assistant trainer with the Memphis Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), a police based program that has become nationally known as the “Memphis Model” of pre-arrest jail diversion for those in a mental illness crisis. Dr. Turner is a member of The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), The American Society of Criminology (ASC), and The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).