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Approximately 700 graduates will hear speaker State Representative Darrin L. Williams at summer commencement Aug. 3

07/29/2012

JONESBORO — Approximately 700 candidates representing 10 academic colleges are expected to receive degrees at Arkansas State University’s 2012 summer commencement ceremony, Friday, August 3 at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center, 217 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.

Chancellor Tim Hudson will confer both undergraduate and graduate-level degrees. The featured speaker is Arkansas State Rep. Darrin L. Williams. Rep. Williams is serving his second term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He represents District 36, which includes part of Pulaski County.

During the 88th General Assembly, Rep. Williams serves as chair of the House Judiciary Committee, the House Rules Committee, and the House Committee on Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs.  In addition, Rep. Williams is on the Arkansas Legislative Council, the Arkansas Lottery Commission Legislative Oversight Committee, the Code Revision Commission, and the Public School Desegregation Lawsuit Resolution Task Force.

During the 87th General Assembly, Rep. Williams served on the Arkansas Lottery Commission Legislative Oversight Committee, the House Committee on Education, the House Judiciary Committee, the House Rules Committee, and the Arkansas Public School Desegregation Lawsuit Resolution Task Force.

Rep. Williams is an attorney with Carney Williams, PLLC. A graduate of Little Rock Central High School, he earned a bachelor's degree from Hendrix College, and obtained his juris doctor degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law.  He also attended the Georgetown University Law Center. 

Rep. Williams was named to the Arkansas Business "40 Under 40" list of influential state business and political leaders, and he was recognized as a Harold Flowers Outstanding Government Lawyer.

In his spare time, Rep. Williams enjoys reading, playing golf, and spending time with his wife, Nicole, and two children.