Rocker Commencement Speaker At UNA

Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Brad Morgan, Jay Gonzalez, and Matt Patton with Drive-By Truckers perform at the Candler Park Music and Food Festival on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/Invision/AP)

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.


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