It’s graduation season again, and here’s a roundup of the latest happenings at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with ABET-accredited schools.
Florida A&M University: Spring Opening Speaker St. Petersburg Mayor Kenneth T. Welch reminded graduates of their obligation to help their communities succeed and thrive.
Sybil Crum, FAMU alumnus and Vice President of Disneyland Resort, explained to the thousands of people gathered in a multi-purpose center the values that graduates will need to stand out in the years to come. The list includes authenticity, tenacity, courage, restlessness, resilience, and optimism.
Alabama A&M University: The Spring Opening Ceremony was held on Friday, May 6 at Louis Crews Stadium. According to a Huntsville, Alabama television station, the historically black college expected more than 600 students to attend the graduation ceremony with 475 undergraduates and 152 graduate students.
Howard University: The 154th Launching Ceremony took place on Saturday May 7th. The Dig at Howard University reported that over 1,950 degrees were awarded, including 1,225 undergraduate degrees and 711 graduate degrees. Howard has also awarded 85 research doctorates, including 58 doctorates. degrees. Graduates represented 43 states and 22 countries.
Hampton University: President William R. Harvey was the 152nd launch speaker on Sunday, May 8. This was Dr. Harvey’s last launch. For 44 years he served as president of Hampton University, making him one of the longest serving presidents.
Jackson State University: The Spring 2022 launch was the last week of April 29. Guest speaker Thasunda Brown Duckett, President and CEO of TIAA, urged graduates to “stay intellectually curious, invest in mentorship, and have a strong financial future.”
#JSUGrad22: Thasunda Brown-Duckett, President and CEO of @TIAAoffered words of wisdom to JSU graduates, urging them to stay intellectually curious, invest in mentorship, and a strong financial future.
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— Jackson State U. (@JacksonStateU) April 29, 2022
Norfolk State University: Actor Keith David inspired 465 graduates at Norfolk State’s 108th launch.
Tuskegee University honored this year’s graduates during a week of launch activities. The undergraduate ceremony featured Dr. David Wilson ’77, ’79 as guest speaker.
Vice President Kamala Harris, a graduate of Howard University, delivered remarks at the Tennessee State University Launching ceremony of the first spring cycle on Saturday May 7th.
In her speech, she urged graduates to be in the halls where decisions are made about building the platforms for the next phase of technology and conducting research that will lead to the next medical breakthrough.
“We need you to run businesses and make decisions about who has access to capital,” the vice president continued. “We need you to serve at the highest levels of government. We need you to work in our hospitals, in our courtrooms and in our schools. And so, when you’re in these rooms, my advice is to be true to yourself. Hold on to the values that your grandparents, your parents, your pastors and your neighbors instilled in you. Have the courage and conviction to follow your moral compass.