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Morehouse Celebrates 2009 Summer Commencement

College expects to graduate approximately 100 men

ATLANTA, July 15, 2009 -- Morehouse College will round out the class of 2009 when it celebrates Summer Commencement on Saturday, July 18, at 10 a.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.

Political strategist and well-known analyst Jamal Simmons will bring the commencement address to the summer graduates. Simmons, who is a 1993 Morehouse graduate, also will receive the Presidential Award of Distinction during the ceremony.

Simmons has become a fixture on all things political. He was a strong supporter of Barack Obama's historic campaign for the presidency and a regular contributor during CNN's 2008 campaign and election coverage. He got his start in presidential politics managing logistics for national reporters during the 1992 Clinton campaign. That experience landed him a job as a political appointee during the first Clinton administration under U.S. Trade Representative and Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor.

Currently, Simmons is a principal at The Raben Group, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm. His opinions have been featured in major publications such as GQ magazine, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune and USA Today. He also has been a regular commentator on MSNBC, “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and is a frequent columnist for POLITICO.com.

Recognized as one of the top feeder schools to the 15 most prominent graduate and professional programs in the nation by The Wall Street Journal, called “One of the best Southeastern colleges” by The Princeton Review and ranked “America’s Hottest College for Men” by Kaplan-Newsweek, Morehouse College is the nation’s largest, private liberal arts college for men. The College offers 26 majors in three academic divisions: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics, and Business Administration and Economics. Morehouse offers a number of programs and activities to enhance its challenging liberal arts curriculum through the Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Morehouse Research Institute, Andrew Young Center for International Affairs and the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. In 2007, Morehouse launched a new Journalism and Sports concentration, which will one day grow into a major course of study.

Prominent alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil and human rights non-violent leader; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and director of the National Center for Primary Care of Morehouse School of Medicine; Shelton “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.





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Posted by edurham at July 15, 2009 03:40 PM

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