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Morehouse College Announces 2011 Commencement Speakers


Who: Charles J. Ogletree, Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Gwen Ifill, moderator/managing editor, “Washington Week,” Public Broadcasting Service

What: 127th Commencement Exercises, Morehouse College

When: Sunday, May 15, 2011, 8:00 a.m.

Where: Century Campus, 850 Westview, Drive, S.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30314

Approximately 500 men of the graduating class of 2011 will get a treat on Sunday, May 15th when both noted attorney and author Charles Ogletree and award-winning journalist Gwen Ifill deliver the commencement address to the class. Both Ogletree and Ifill will receive honorary degrees.

Also receiving honorary degrees are Billye Aaron, member of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees and wife of baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron and attorney Willie “Flash” Davis, chair of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees.

As the nation’s largest, private liberal arts college for men, Morehouse College was recently recognized as the number one liberal arts college in the nation by Washington Monthly; one of 45 “Best Buy” schools for 2011 by the Fiske Guide to Colleges; one of the nation’s Most Grueling Colleges in 2010 by The Huffington Post; the number three HBCU in the nation for 2011 by U.S. News and World Report; and as one of American’s Best Colleges for three consecutive years by Forbes magazine.

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 an HBCU.


Posted by edurham at March 31, 2011 05:33 PM

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