The 113th annual commencement exercises at Barton College are scheduled for Sunday, May 17, on center campus. The guest speaker for the afternoon will be former Barton trustees chairman and retired Court of Appeals Justice, the Honorable Sidney S. Eagles, Jr.eagles

Eagles, Jr., a native of North Carolina, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University along with his Juris Doctor degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Eagles served as past chair and vice chair of the Barton College Board of Trustees. He served for 24 years and stepped down fall of 2014.
According to Barton President Dr. Norval Kneten, “It was a privilege for me to have Judge Eagles, as chair of the College’s Board of Trustees, to preside at my inauguration ceremony over a decade ago. And, it is most fitting that he will participate in this last official college ceremony during my presidency at Barton.”

Not only did Eagles serve as chair and vice chair at Barton College, he also served as reviser of statutes, special deputy attorney general, and as counsel to the N.C. Speaker of the House in his early professional career. Along with this, Eagles served as a professor in the school of law at Campbell University for 32 years.

Eagles holds numerous leadership roles and is involved in the community. Some of the organizations he has been involved in include the American Bar Association, the Executive Club of Raleigh, the North Carolina Bar Association, and even the 10th Judicial District Bar.

By: Cimone Barbour