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Class of 2012 To Become Newest Morehouse Men During 128th Commencement Ceremony

By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

Approximately 530 men of Morehouse will become Morehouse Men and hear President Robert M. Franklin ’75 deliver his final commencement address as the College’s president during the 128th Commencement Weekend.

Franklin, who is stepping down in 2012, will be joined that day by nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner who will deliver the Commencement Charge, Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, Strive Masiyiwa, founder and chairman of Econet Wireless and Elaine Tuttle Hansen, the executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, in speaking to the class of 2012 in front of an expected crowd of 10,000.

The day celebrates young men who will go out into the world and head to medical, law, theology or other graduate schools; go directly into the work world in finance on Wall Street or as teachers on the nation’s Main streets.

“Men, make us proud of you. You were special here,” Franklin said to them during the Senior Day Crown Forum last week. “You added your brick to the wall that will forever stand as Morehouse. Morehouse is in you and you are in Morehouse.”

Commencement is only one event during a full weekend of activities.

Alumni from class years ending in “2” and “7” will celebrate Reunion 2012 with a number of receptions, class meetings, a golf tournament and other events.

Morehouse alumni will accept the class of 2012 into their ranks on Friday, May 17, for the Rite of Final Passage Ceremony in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. Morehouse and Spelman alumni will meet that evening for a joint reception at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway at 7 p.m. that evening.

Saturday, the Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network, gives the keynote speech during the Baccalaureate Ceremony in King Chapel at 3 p.m. An alumni reunion banquet will be held at 7:30 p.m. that evening in the Georgia International Convention Center.

Then Sunday morning, alumni will form a corridor through the center of campus as the class of 2012 makes the traditional march from King Chapel to the Century Campus, where Commencement begins at 8 a.m.

The 128th Commencement will be available for viewing online, via web stream, at www.morehouse.edu.

For an entire schedule of Commencement/Reunion activities, go to http://www.morehouse.edu/commencement/index.html.

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