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Morehouse College Announces Speakers for 2012 Baccalaureate and Commencement

ATLANTA, March 29, 2012- When approximately 500 men cross the stage this year to become Morehouse Men, they will get words of wisdom from an educator, an entrepreneur and an entertainer.

Morehouse announces its guest speakers for Commencement weekend. The 128th Commencement exercise will take place on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 8 a.m. on the Century Campus. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, tenth president of Morehouse College, will give the Commencement address as he ushers out his final class, and they become Morehouse Men. Franklin will step down as president at the end of his term on June 30. Graduates also will hear a Commencement address from syndicated radio host Tom Joyner. Joyner, who is the host of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” founder of REACH Media, Inc., the Tom Joyner Foundation, and, will receive the honorary doctor of humane letters.

S. Truett Cathy, founder and chairman of Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Dr. Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and president emerita of Bates College will deliver special messages in the form of a “charge to the graduates.” They also will be presented with honorary degrees from Morehouse.

The day before the students hear their graduating charge, they will be enlightened during Baccalaureate by the Rev. Al Sharpton. The Baccalaureate service takes place on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel and is the last spiritual gathering for the class before they graduate. Sharpton has graced the stage in the MLK Chapel many times, but this will be his first time delivering the Baccalaureate address at Morehouse.

Baccalaureate is a packed service, so those wishing to attend are encouraged to arrive early.
Commencement is an outdoor ceremony and will take place on the Century Campus, rain or shine. Attendees are encouraged to check the forecast and dress appropriately for the weather.

Both Baccalaureate and Commencement will be streamed live via the web at
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.