Arthritis Foundation CEO to Deliver Mercer University Commencement Address

Arthritis Foundation president and CEO Ann M. Palmer will deliver the keynote address at Mercer University’s Atlanta commencement ceremony Saturday, May 10, at 8:30 a.m. The university will also present Palmer with an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

Commencement will take place on the upper field of the Atlanta campus with more than 1,000 graduates in attendance.

Palmer is a visionary leader with more than 30 years in fundraising and nonprofit management. Since joining the Arthritis Foundation in 2013, Palmer has led the organization to better position itself to meet the changing needs and challenges of the more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children living with the nation’s leading cause of disability.

Previously, Palmer has led fundraising and volunteer development agendas in three of the nation’s most prestigious volunteer-driven organizations: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, American Diabetes Foundation and American Cancer Society.

Palmer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Delaware, and possesses a passion for serving others through her leadership in the nonprofit sector.

About the Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation ( is the largest and most trusted nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the needs and challenges of those living with arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Since 1948, the Foundation has remained committed to leading groundbreaking research for better treatments and a cure; fighting for patients’ access to affordable and effective health care; and providing trusted information and resources to the more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children living with the disease.