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2004 Morehouse College Commencement

ATLANTA, May 7 – More than 10,000 family members, alumni and friends will witness approximately 500 graduates receive degrees during Morehouse College’s 120th Commencement ceremony, Sunday, May 16 at 8 a.m. on the campus green.

“Every year at this time, we celebrate the graduation of hundreds of young men who, in the proud 137-year tradition of Morehouse College, will go on to make outstanding contributions to society,” said President Walter E. Massey. “That is the essence of what Morehouse is all about – producing great leaders for our nation and our world.”

Entertainer, philanthropist and member of the Morehouse College board of trustees William “Bill” Cosby will deliver the Commencement address. Cosby is well known for his commitment to education. He emphatically believes that the best assurance for a satisfying and rewarding life begins with knowledge. Cosby himself went back to college, long after he had achieved much of his success to obtain a masters degree as well as an Ed.D. He has, in fact, applied this further education in his professional life.

Receiving the honorary doctor of humane letters this year is Dr. Avon Kirkland. Kirkland has produced such award-winning PBS and Disney Channel television programs as the documentary "Ralph Ellison: An American Journey," a feature length documentary about the celebrated Omega Boys Club titled "Street Soldiers," and a television drama about the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision, "Simple Justice." He is currently producing and directing for PBS "Up From Slavery: The Triumph and Tragedy of Booker T. Washington."

The valedictorian for the class of 2004 is senior English major Marcus Muneal who will finish with a 3.99 grade-point-average.

Baccalaureate services are scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 3 p.m., in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. The Reverend Dr. Charles G. Adams of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit will deliver the Baccalaureate address.

Media Logistics

Arrival: Suggested arrival time for working media is 7:15 a.m.

Parking: Media parking will be available during Commencement along Fair Street (eastbound from Euhrlee to Milton Streets). Enter from the Fair Street gate, near Danforth Chapel.

Video/Still Photography: Photographers may approach the stage during the invocation, introduction of speakers, and the first three minutes of speeches.

Broadcast Media: Photographers wishing to get a clean audio feed may plug into the mult box stationed near the control panel between Hope and Sale Hall. The mult box is not located central to the stage, so photographers will need to bring a wireless system for audio.

Posted by Kara at May 7, 2004 10:35 PM

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