We are pleased to announce that Ferrum College alumnus Brigadier General Burdett K.
Thompson '82, USA Deputy Director for Strategic Planning and Policy, U.S. Pacific
Command, will be our commencement speaker on Saturday May 10, 2014.
Thompson grew up in Franklin County and graduated from Ferrum College in 1982. He
holds three master's degrees and served in Korea, Panama, and Iraq and past assignments
include ranger, paratrooper, and two prominent airborne divisions–the 82nd and the
101st. Thompson's current assignment is at Camp H.M. Smith in Hawaii where he is the
Deputy Director for Strategic Planning and Policy for J-5, United States Pacific Command.
This will be our “centennial” commencement, the culmination of a year and half of
Centennial celebrations, and we could think of no more fitting person to honor our
graduates on this day.