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Morehouse Celebrates 121st Commencement Exercises

Morehouse College to graduate nearly 500 African American Men. More than 10,000 expected to attend

ATLANTA- April 26, 2005-- Every week, millions of viewers listen to her tough-love advice in the comfort of their living rooms, but on Sunday, May 15, at 8:00 a.m. Judge Glenda Hatchett will speak to the Men of Morehouse and their families on the lawn of Century Campus during commencement exercises for the Class of 2005.

More than the robed judge on “Judge Hatchett,” the award-winning nationally syndicated television show now in its fifth season, Hatchett is a community activist who has dedicated her life to helping bring communities together in an effort to help troubled youths and their families.

Hatchett has received numerous awards and serves on the boards of GAP Inc., HCA and the Atlanta Falcons. She also serves as national spokesperson for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a non-profit volunteer organization that trains volunteers to represent abused and neglected children and help them navigate the court system.

Receiving the honorary doctorate of humane letters are Morehouse alumnus Chester Davenport ’63, managing director of Georgetown Partners and John A. Wallace, partner at King & Spalding and member of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees.

More than 10, 000 friends, family and alumni are expected to attend the 121st commencement ceremony.

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 Halls. The mult box is not located central to the stage, so photographers will need to bring a wireless system for audio.

Ranked three times as the number one college in the nation for educating African American students by Black Enterprise magazine, and recognized by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top feeder schools for the 15 most prominent graduate and professional schools in the country, Morehouse College is the nation’s largest, private liberal arts college for men. Founded in 1867, the College enrolls approximately 3,000 students.Prominent alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize laureate and civil rights leader; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and director of the National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine; Sheldon “Spike” Lee, filmmaker and president of 40 Acres & A Mule Productions; Samuel L. Jackson, Academy Award nominated actor; Maynard H. Jackson, founder of Jackson Securities and the first African-American mayor of Atlanta; and Nima A. Warfield, the first African-American Rhodes Scholar from a HBCU.

Posted by Kara at April 26, 2005 08:38 PM

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