Auburn Distinguished Alumnus, CEO and Vet Jay Price to Deliver Summer Keynote

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Prominent business owner, veterinarian, and Auburn alumnus Dr. Jay Price will deliver the graduation speech at the college’s summer commencement ceremony on Friday, August 5 at 5 p.m. at Neville Arena.

Price, a 2006 graduate of Auburn with a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a doctorate in veterinary medicine, is the founder and chief executive of Southern Veterinary Partners, one of the nation’s largest networks of veterinary hospitals. With more than 7,000 employees at more than 300 locations in 22 states, Price has created a pioneering business model focused on providing exceptional veterinary care to animals and customers. Additionally, SVP provides integrated support to veterinary hospitals by offering comprehensive resources such as human resources, finance, marketing and other operational support services.

“I look forward to celebrating our summer graduates and recognizing their incredible accomplishments in my first steps as college president,” said Christopher B. Roberts. “Jay has a remarkable story to tell about his journey from Auburn student to leading veterinarian and business owner. I am confident our graduates will be inspired by his vast leadership and extraordinary success in building families. a framework for advancing animal, human and environmental health.

Since graduating, Price, a native of Phenix City, has focused on fostering a community of animal care providers and veterinarians known for providing personalized patient care and strengthening health needs. animal health and welfare. Following its creation in 2014, SVP was named among Inc 5000 listed as the fastest growing companies in America and as one of the fastest growing companies in Birmingham by the Birmingham Business Journal for several consecutive years. More recently, SVP was certified as Most loved workplace.

“I am humbled and honored to return to my alma mater to deliver the commencement address this summer,” Price said. “Auburn holds a special place in my heart as they provided me with the education necessary to fulfill my lifelong dream. I am thrilled to share this moment with the 2022 graduates as they continue their journey towards achieving their own dreams.

Price will kick off debut weekend by delivering his speech to a graduating class of nearly 1,300 students and their families on Aug. 17 CST at Neville Arena. In addition to Price’s speech, Friday’s ceremony also includes the graduation ceremony by the board of trustees, recognition of graduating students with honors, official welcoming of students to the Auburn Alumni Association, and a confetti celebration at the end of the ceremony. All graduates must attend the ceremony on Friday, where they will collect their name cards required for the Saturday varsity ceremonies and official photographs. Arena doors open at 3 p.m. Guests can enter through the main doors or through the scholarship entrance for those with accessibility needs. Graduates must arrive no later than 4 p.m.

The undergraduate and graduate school ceremonies will take place at Neville Arena on Saturday, August 6, with the first ceremony beginning at 8 a.m. Graduates should plan to arrive at Neville Arena at the designated time for their university’s commencement ceremony and enter through the student entrance. All ceremonies will begin with remarks from the Dean, followed by the student procession, where graduates will receive a copy of the Auburn Creed.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on the university channel launch site. For more information, visit

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