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Barack and Michelle Obama hosted their “Dear Class of 2020” virtual graduation ceremony via YouTube on Sunday, June 7, 2020. The Obamas invited a host of celebrities, including Alicia Keys and Beyoncé, to congratulate and uplift this year’s graduating class. The program featured a performance by Lizzo, accompanied by the New York Philharmonic. She played a…

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Over the past four years students of Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark-Atlanta University have labored for educational and personal development in pursuit of their degrees. But this year the upcoming commencement and baccalaureate ceremonies at these Atlanta HBCUs have been targeted for a hateful protest by the religious hate group known as the Westboro…

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Actor Chadwick Boseman (The Black Panther) returned to his alma mater Howard University on Saturday, May 12, 2018, to give the 2018 Commencement address. Boseman who graduated from the Mecca 18 years ago has starred in several movies portraying notable Black figures: Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Thurgood Marshall, and Marvel superhero, T’Challa. He walks to the podium…

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Valerie Jarrett, the longest-serving senior adviser to President Barack Obama, shared wisdom and perspectives about her leadership roles with 490 graduates of the Spelman College class of 2017 during her commencement address at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 21, at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. She also received the National Community Service Award at…

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In a sign of changing times, Harvard University has announced that the school is holding a separate commencement ceremony for Black graduate students. This is not the first time that Harvard has had a separate graduation ceremony for Black graduate students; however, this time it will include graduate students from across the different colleges of…

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  On May. 7, President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to speak at Howard University’s commencement convocation since President Lyndon B. Johnson over 50 years ago. LBJ’s speech, at the now culturally diverse university, in 1965, sparked controversy as he highlighted poverty in the Black community, inequality and the right to vote. Journalists have raved…

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During his commencement speech at Dillard University on Saturday, May 9, 2015, two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington offered some great advice to the 2015 graduating seniors and he revealed some shocking statistics about his college life. During the speech, Washington very candidly said he once had a 1.7 grade point average in college. A guard…

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It’s that time of year again that brings joy to thousands of HBCU students, commencement. Several top tier HBCUs have announced exciting speakers for 2015. Take a look at this year’s lineup, starting with the top ranked HBCU in the United States:   Spelman College Donna Brazile  

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Morehouse College senior Ben Jones missing

Morehouse College student Ben Jones has been missing since Friday. His family is from Roswell, Georgia and was in town for Morehouse College’s 130th commencement this past Sunday. But the family stated they have not heard from Jones. The last thing Jones told his family was that he was going to pick up graduation tickets…

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The names ranged from English, African, Jewish and even Russian pronunciations as Morehouse College celebrated its 130th commencement exercises. Despite the rain and cold, parents and Morehouse graduates were excited to finally graduate after a hard year. Among those in attendance was Stevie Wonder, who was able to experience his son, Kwame Morris, become part of…

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Oprah Winfrey served as the keynote speaker at Harvard’s 2013 commencement. Oprah fans and former Harvard grads who were unable to make the trip got a chance to get an inside look at her visit through Instagram. View the best Instagram moments from Oprah’s visit to Harvard.

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