Morehouse Announces the 2008 Baccalaureate and Commencement Speakers
ATLANTA, April 9, 2008 – When more than 500 men from the class of 2008 grace the Martin Luther King International Chapel for the last time as undergraduates before becoming Morehouse Men, they will be inspired by a message delivered by H. Beecher Hicks, senior pastor of the six-thousand member historic Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.
Since his election in June 1977, Hicks has served as the fifth senior minister in the congregation’s 140-year history. The church’s various commercial and social service ventures have placed Metropolitan among the world’s most productive religious and civic institutions.
The Baccalaureate service for Morehouse will take place on Saturday, May 17 at 3 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. Baccalaureate is the last spiritual assembly the class will have before they receive their degrees during commencement the next morning. Commencement will take place on Sunday, May 18 at 8 a.m. on the century campus.
The Commencement speaker is Morehouse alumnus Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D.
Carson graduated from Morehouse in 1981. He currently serves as the first CEO and President of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The community foundation is dedicated to advancing civic engagement to address the most challenging problems facing San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
Carson serves on several nonprofit boards including the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Northern California Grant Makers and Southern Education Foundation. He is a past chair of the Council on Foundations and has received numerous nonprofit leadership awards including recognition by The Non-profit Times as one of the 50 most influential non-profit leaders in the United States. He received his Ph.D. and master’s in public administration and public and international affairs from Princeton University and a bachelor's degree in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Morehouse College.
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