UM’s Great Commission lawn and globe project in time for new graduation tradition


The University of Mobile (UM) will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony today at 3 p.m. to celebrate a new focal point on campus and the centerpiece of a new graduation tradition.

The new Great Commission Globe fountain is the central feature of the newly renovated Lackey Great Commission Lawn in front of Weaver Hall, the university’s signature building.

In addition to serving as a reminder of the purpose of the Christ-centered academic community, the globe and lawn will be the setting for the first graduation ceremony to be held on campus in 41 years. The graduating Class of 2017 will begin the tradition during graduation ceremonies May 13. The new tradition begins and ends with students placing their hands on the globe, first as they start their college journey and again as they graduate.

UM broke ground in November 2016 on the project that honors the late Fred Lackey and his wife, Sue, of Athens. Lackey was a pastor, UM trustee and regent, Alabama Baptist State Convention president and leader in Southern Baptist life.

The project included landscaping, lighting, sod and sidewalks with the Great Commission Globe fountain as a prominent feature. The globe was made possible by the estate of Doris M. Davis, of Mobile.

The Great Commission refers to Scripture found in Matthew 28:18–20 where Jesus instructs His disciples to spread His teachings throughout the world. (University of Mobile)