UAB professor spending time practicing students names for commencement


[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1368228700&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4053046&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1368228700 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Saying your name is probably one of the easiest, most second-natured movements of a person’s mouth and brain.

However, that may not be simple for someone else to do – especially if the name is complex.

Lee Shackelford, assistant professor of  theater at UAB, has been practicing for UAB’s commencement ceremonies for the past couple of weeks.

He is responsible for announcing the name of the graduates as they receive their degrees, and he says it is quite a tongue-tying task.

“I’m usually pacing around, trying to say names in Chinese and saying the names of complex chemical processes,” Shackelford said on Friday.

Of the nearly fifty names on the list, Shackelford says about two-thirds of them are either foreign or just quite difficult to pronounce.

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