John Maxwell, best-selling author, personal growth coach and internationally acclaimed leadership expert, will speak at Florida Southern College’s (FSU) graduation ceremony at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, May 7 as approximately 350 students receive their degrees in Lakeland.
Having founded three organizations, his work has led to leadership training for over 5 million individuals worldwide; having sold over 25 million copies of his books, Maxwell has been deemed a No. 1 best-selling author by the New York Times.
Maxwell has been named as the world’s topmost leadership authority by several sources. The American Management Association ranked him as the top business leader in 2014. Additionally, website magazines Business Insider and Inc. have described him as the world’s most influential leadership expert.
With Lakeland-based Florida Southern College having scheduled numerous events for convocation week, Maxwell’s commencement address and additional ceremonies will complement several lighter moments — such as students’ traditional frolicking in the school’s fountain, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
During convocation, Florida Southern College’s president Anne Kerr will award the President’s Scholar Medal to a graduating senior who epitomizes values of scholarship, leadership, and service; and a FSC faculty member will receive The Miller Distinguished Professor Award for outstanding teaching, scholarship activity, and mentoring.
Taylor Duwe, a double major in business administration and Spanish from Kissimmee, will serve as senior speaker for the graduating class; additionally, nine ROTC cadets will be commissioned as military officers in a separate ceremony, with distinguished U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Aundre Piggee presiding.