2018 HBCU Commencement Speakers Line – Up
Back in February Stanley Nelson restored for some and introduced to others, the importance of HBCU history and culture with the PBS Independent Lens documentary , Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities. Resulting in support and awareness of HBCUs across the nation, then with the release of Marvel’s Black Panther (although fictional) brought about worldwide love and appreciation of African and Black Culture. Now, with the recent invention Beychella as Beyonce became the first black female headliner at Coachella this April, it seems like despite ongoing trials and tribulations, It’s a Great Time to Be Black in America, because #WeAreRising
#GradSZN is here and with all the rising love, support, and appreciation HBCUs and Black Culture are experiencing this year, we couldn’t be more excited for our 2018 graduates. What makes for a great graduation besides all the excitement, accomplishments, photography, and celebrations? Yep, you guessed it commencement speakers and the 2018 line up thus far is one for the books.
Here’s the official line up for the 2018 HBCU Commencement speakers thus far. The 2018 lineup has many prominent figures in the African American community including; Radio Personality; Tom Joyner, Musical genius and phenomenon; Chance The Rapper, Social Activist; Angela Rye, Actor; Chadwick Boseman, Motivational Speaker; Eric Thomas, and Lonnie Bunch, III, founding director of the Smithsonian African American museum just to name a few.
Claflin University – April Ryan
Concordia College, Morgan State University, and Morris Brown College – Tom Joyner,
Dillard University – Chance the Rapper
Elizabeth City State University – Margaret Spellings, UNC System President
Florida A&M School of Law – Loretta Lynch, 83rd Attorney General of the U.S.
Howard University – Chadwick Boseman
Jackson State University – Chokwe Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, MS
Miles College – Dr. Mae C. Jemison, former astronaut, engineer and physician
Mississippi Valley State University- Sean Suggs, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi and vice president of administration
North Carolina A&T- Joel Ford, State Senator
Praire View A&M University – Lonnie Bunch, III, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
Savannah State- Dr. Marion Orr,Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies at Brown University. He previously was a member of the political science faculty at Duke University. Professor Orr earned his B.A. degree in political science from Savannah State College
Southern A&M- Angela Rye, American attorney and the Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm in Washington, DC. She is a liberal political commentator on CNN and an NPR political analyst
Tennessee State University – Eric Thomas, An American motivational speaker, author and minister
Tennessee State University – Keisha Lance Bottoms, American politician and lawyer who is the 60th and current mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
Wiley College – Dr. David Beckley, President of Rust College
Florida A&M University – Robert “Rob” Hardy, Jr. is a film director, film producer, screenwriter, and television director. With partner Will Packer, he founded the production company Rainforest Films in 1994, including Empire.
Bowie State University – Eunique Jones Gibson, American content producer, photographer, author and activist. She became known for creating the “Because of Them, We Can
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