It’s graduation season again, and here’s a roundup of the latest events across historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with ABET-accredited schools.
Florida A&M University: Spring Commencement speaker St. Petersburg Mayor Kenneth T. Welch reminded graduates of their obligation to help their communities as they achieve and succeed.
FAMU alumna and Disneyland Resort Vice President Sybil Crum told the thousands gathered at a multipurpose center about the values that graduates will need to make their mark in the years ahead. The list includes authenticity, tenacity, courage, hustle, resiliency, and optimism.
Alabama A&M University: The spring commencement ceremony was held on Friday, May 6 in the Louis Crews Stadium. According to one television station in Huntsville, Alabama, the historically Black college expected over 600 students to participate in the graduation ceremony with 475 undergraduates and 152 graduate students.
Howard University: The 154th Commencement ceremony was held on Saturday, May 7. The Dig at Howard University reported that more than 1,950 degrees were awarded, including 1,225 undergraduate degrees and 711 graduate degrees. Howard also bestowed 85 research doctorates, including 58 Ph.D. degrees. Graduates represented 43 states and 22 countries.
Hampton University: President William R. Harvey was the 152nd Commencement speaker on Sunday, May 8. This was Dr. Harvey’s final commencement. For 44 years, he has served as president of Hampton University, making him one of the longest-serving presidents.
Jackson State University: Spring 2022 Commencement took place during the last week of April 29. Guest speaker Thasunda Brown Duckett, president and chief executive officer of TIAA, urged graduates “to remain intellectually curious, invest in mentorship and a robust financial future.”
#JSUGrad22: Thasunda Brown-Duckett, president and CEO of @TIAA, offered words of wisdom to JSU graduates, urging them to remain intellectually curious, invest in mentorship and a robust financial future.
— Jackson State U. (@JacksonStateU) April 29, 2022
Norfolk State University: Actor Keith David inspired 465 graduates at Norfolk State’s 108th commencement.
Tuskegee University honored this year’s graduates during a whole week of commencement activity. The undergraduate ceremony featured Dr. David Wilson ‘77, ’79 as a guest speaker.
Vice President Kamala Harris, a Howard University alum, delivered remarks at the Tennessee State University Spring Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 7.
In her speech, she urged graduates to be in the rooms where decisions are made on 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 companies 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 and in our courtrooms and in our schools. And so, when you are in those rooms, my advice to you is to be true to yourself. Hold close 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.”