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Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston: The Honorable W.N. “Bill” Alexander II will address Franklin County High School’s Class of 2014 Saturday morning at the school’s 64th commencement exercises.

Friday, May 30, 2014


Judge W.N. "Bill" Alexander II will be the keynote speaker at Franklin County High School's 64th commencement Saturday.

FCHS's graduation exercises will begin at C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field at 10 a.m.

Distinguished honor graduates (grade point average of 4.0 or higher) will wear a white gowns and will be first in the processional and recessional.

Those who are members of the National Honor Society will be wearing gold stoles.

Honor graduates will wear red gowns with gold tassels.

Alexander is a lifelong resident of Franklin County and a 1962 graduate of Franklin County High School. He graduated from Davidson College in 1966 and from University of Virginia Law School in 1971.

He also served as an officer in the adjutant General's Corps of the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968, receiving an Army commendation medal.

Alexander practiced mainly civil law in Rocky Mount with a private law firm until 1984. At that time, he was elected as Commonwealth's Attorney and served three terms from 1976 to 1984.

In September 1984, Alexander was appointed a General District Court Judge for the 22nd Judicial District. Ten years later, he became a Circuit Court Judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit, which serves the counties of Franklin and Pittsylvania and the city of Danville.

At that time, he sat mainly in Pittsylvania County. He became resident Circuit Court Judge for Franklin County in March 1998.

Alexander has served two six-year terms as Chief Judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit and nine years on the Judicial Council of Virginia.

He was a member of the Editorial Board of the Virginia Benchbook for Judges and Lawyers for 13 years.

Alexander has also served in many other areas, including the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of Virginia, Judicial System Advisory Committee and the Commission on Virginia Courts in the 21st Century, Studying the Future of Virginia's Judicial System.

Saturday, Alexander will address members of the Class of 2014, who have been awarded nearly $4.3 million in college scholarships. Schools such as Ferrum College, Roanoke College, Emory and Henry, Hollins University and Virginia Western Community College awarded numerous scholarships to graduating seniors.

Students also received scholarship money from area businesses, churches, civic clubs and other community organizations.

The senior class officers for the Class of 2014 are Seemran Patel, president; Nora Ferguson, vice-president; Taylor Harrell, secretary; and Tyler Clay Linkous, treasurer.

The faculty sponsors for the senior class are Allyson Lynch and Lauren Judson.

(Editor's Note: The number of graduates, including honor graduates and distinguished honor graduates, was not available at press time Thursday.)

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