University to honor its namesake

November 16, 2013 by  

John F. Kennedy University will be honoring its namesake next week with a public memorial program.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination, and the university is hosting a month of remembrance in his honor.

Several noted individuals have been invited to speak at the event, including Congressman George Miller, California Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, and University President Mac Powell. Also present will be Georgia Morrison, one of the founding members of the university.

A moment of silence will take place at 10:30 am, which was the time at which Kennedy was assassinated (12:30 am central time). Additionally, there will be a musical performance and the unveiling of a commemorative bust of Kennedy. Representatives of the university are expected to present a new service learning requirement, which all students must complete prior to graduation. The event is free and open to anyone in the public who would like to attend. Each attendee will be given a poster of the late president as a gift.

A memorial event at a university is one way to encouraging awareness of the university’s commitment to its values and continuing to aid the community. A local printing company could create flyers and posters that can be posted around the area and handed out to the students and staff. An attractive banner can also bring in curious passersby on the day of the event.

The memorial is set for Friday, November 22 will take place at 10:00 am in the University’s main lobby on Ellinwood Way in Pleasant Hill.