POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks hosted the Honorable Jeff Sessions, former Attorney General of the United States, for the 2019 Spring Citizenship Forum Convocation on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
Students of the College of the Ozarks military science department provided the Presentation of Colors, followed by the national anthem sung by the Chorale under the direction of John Cornish, the Pledge of Allegiance, and invocation. President Jerry C. Davis gave opening remarks.
Sessions began his remarks by commending the College’s mission, vision, and goals.
“These are high goals, high ideals,” he said. “The world needs hard-working, honest people. I applaud your declared goal to be a Christian college.”
After commending the College’s goals and ideals, Sessions spoke on the history of civility and American character, drawing from George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation from around 1744.
“You cannot debate without rules,” Sessions said. “Without rules of civility, you have war.”
The evening concluded with the presentation of gifts to Sessions from College of the Ozarks students. President Davis also gifted Sessions with the iconic Hard Work U. sweatshirt.
Sessions was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, a position he held for 12 years.
Sessions was elected Alabama Attorney General in 1995, serving as the State’s chief legal officer until 1996, when he entered the United States Senate. Sessions served as a United States Senator for Alabama from 1996 to 2016. He focused his energies on maintaining a strong military, upholding the rule of law, limiting the role of government, and providing tax relief to stimulate economic growth.
On Nov. 18, 2016, President Donald J. Trump announced his intention to nominate Sessions as the 84th Attorney General of the United States and Vice President Michael R. Pence swore him in on Feb. 9, 2017.
Forum Honoree Kevin Hutcheson