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William W. “Bill” Douglas III, a 30-year veteran of the Coca-Cola system and a Terry College of Business alumnus, will deliver the keynote address at the spring Graduation Convocation for the Terry College on May 8 at 2:30 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum.

Held in conjunction with the University of Georgia's spring graduation ceremony, Terry’s Graduation Convocation is a special ceremony honoring only Terry students. Those graduating in December 2014, May 2015 and August 2015 are invited to participate in this year's program.

The event is open free to the public.

Douglas joined Coca-Cola Enterprises in 2004, quickly rising to executive vice president and CFO. He and his team were integral in the sale of Coca-Cola Enterprises’ North American business to The Coca-Cola Company and the purchase of TCCC's Norwegian and Swedish bottling operations. He transitioned into his current role as executive vice president of Supply Chain in November 2013.

Previously, Douglas served as CFO of Coca-Cola HBC, one of the largest bottlers of non-alcoholic beverages in Europe. In his four years with CCHBC, he led the acquisition of the Russian Coca-Cola franchise and executed the company’s expansion of its non-carbonated beverage portfolio. He has held numerous senior-level positions within the Coca-Cola system since 1985. Prior to Coca-Cola, he was associated with Ernst & Whinney, an international accounting firm.

A 1983 J. M. Tull School of Accounting alumnus, Douglas is a trustee and serves as the treasurer of the University of Georgia Foundation. He is member of the Tull School Advisory Board and received the Terry College’s Distinguished Alumni award in 2011.

Immediately following the ceremony, undergraduate degree candidates and their guests are invited to have light refreshments in the Coliseum Concourse. Graduate candidates and their guests are invited to The Georgia Center for Continuing Education for graduate receptions.

For more information about the event, including parking, hotel, photography and visitor information, visit Terry’s Graduation Convocation page.