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Hendrix College to Celebrate Commencement May 11, Present Honorary Degree to David Knight ’71

CONWAY, Ark. (April 17, 2019) – Hendrix College will award the honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to David A. Knight ’71 at the 135th Hendrix College Commencement, which will take place Saturday, May 11, at 9 a.m. in the Wellness and Athletic Center Event Gym. Knight will also deliver the Commencement Address.

Overflow seating will be available in the Recreation Gym, where the ceremony will be telecast. The Class of 2019 will also process and recess through the Recreation Gym.

Immediately following commencement, there will be a faculty reception for graduates in the Young-Wise Memorial Stadium Plaza (or in the Recreation Gym in the event of rain).

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About David Knight

After majoring in English at Hendrix College, David Knight served four years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, then earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a Juris Doctor with high honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Arkansas Law Review. Following work with Judge J. Smith Henley, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; the Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; and the Rose Law Firm, in 1988 he joined Stephens, Inc., where he continues to serve as Executive Vice President and General Counsel.

Knight’s formal service to Hendrix College has spanned nearly two decades. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2002, chaired the Board from 2011-2017, and remains an active member. His contributions include involvement in founding the Odyssey Program, in establishing the Village at Hendrix, and instrumental work on the College’s pioneering participation in the Rwandan Presidential Scholars program, which has expanded into a partnership of a dozen U.S. colleges and universities with Bridge2Rwanda, an organization he helped to establish and has served as a board member. His contributions to the College also have included gifts to the Aspire Scholarship Program, with specific support for students from KIPP Delta Collegiate High School.

His volunteer pursuits reflect his passion for education and the arts, as well as for social justice. In his diligent efforts to improve his local community and his native state, Knight has chaired the boards of The Cathedral School, Arkansas Repertory Theater, and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. An avid photographer, he has produced four books in support of cultural and philanthropic organizations: Faith and Good Works in Africa; In Character: a Season at the Rep; Young Artists at the Rep; and Ballet Arkansas Reflections.

In his service to the College and to the communities of Arkansas, and through his efforts to further international cooperation and understanding, David Knight claims his place among members of the Hendrix community inspiring students to lead lives of accomplishment, integrity, service, and joy.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit