FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) – The University of North Alabama has announced that Patterson Hood, co-founder of the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers, will be the university’s fall commencement speaker.
The TimesDaily of Florence reports that commencement ceremonies are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 12 at Flowers Hall.
Hood is the songwriting and guitar-playing frontman for the Drive-By Truckers. The band has played more than 2,000 shows and released a dozen albums in almost 20 years. Hood also has released three studio albums and has been a lecturer or speaker at several universities.
Hood is a Florence native and was a University of North Alabama student before moving to Athens, Georgia, where the band is based.