Celebrities, Leaders Speaking at 2022 UNCF-Member HBCU Commencements

UNCF congratulates the Class of 2022!

 

Alumna and leader Stacey Abrams speaking at Spelman. Milton H. Jones, Detroit businessman and philanthropist, and UNCF Board chair, speaking at Oakwood.  Social justice leader and organizer of the 2017 Women’s March Tamika Mallory, speaking at Virginia Union. Congresswoman and staunch HBCU supporter Alma S. Adams, speaking at Huston-Tillotson. These and many other leaders, celebrities and intellectuals will join proud families and friends to celebrate the class of 2022 in colleges around the country.

UNCF’s 37 member institutions will be holding graduation ceremonies and celebrations in the next weeks, hosting speakers from the arts, science, business, politics and more. While most schools are holding in-person events, many ceremonies still will be shared virtually on schools’ social media channels.

Check the institution pages for more information.

Featured 2022 Commencement Speakers at UNCF-Member Institutions


April 30

St. Augustine’s College
Dr. Goldie S. Byrd, a nationally recognized STEM researcher and Professor and Director of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest School of Medicine, will be the keynote speaker. Click here for details.

Stillman College
Acclaimed chef, cookbook author, and TV host Gerry Garvin (aka G. Garvin) served as commencement speaker at Stillman’s football stadium. View the livestreamed event here.


May 1

Tougaloo College
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US representative to the United Nations, will deliver the commencement address. Click here for details.


May 2

Fisk University
Details are still being finalized. Click here for details.


May 6

Benedict College
Eboni K. Williams, attorney and national media television personality is set as keynote speaker for Benedict College’s Spring graduation. Click here for details.


May 7

Group photo of family outside at graduation

Allen University
Mark Wright, sports journalist, documentarian, and avid HBCU supporter, will address the members of the class of 2022 at Allen University’s commencement ceremony. Click here for more details.

Claflin University
Stephen K. Benjamin, former mayor of Columbia, SC and businessman, will deliver the commencement address. The ceremony will be held at the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex. Click here for details.

Edward Waters University
Government law attorney Yolanda Cash Jackson is the commencement speaker.

Huston-Tillotson University
Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D., of the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina will deliver the commencement address at Huston-Tillotson University’s 2022 commencement convocation.  Click here for details.

Interdenominational Theological Center 
William H. Lamar IV, pastor of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, will be the keynote speaker.

Jarvis Christian College
Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., an influential leader, community activist, successful entrepreneur and chairman of 100 Black Men of America, will deliver the commencement address. Click here for details.

Miles College
Details are still being finalized and the ceremony will be livestreamed on Facebook. Click here for details.

Morris College
Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League and former Louisiana State Senator, and former mayor of New Orleans, is the commencement speaker.

Oakwood University
The week of ceremonies is highlighted by commencement speaker Milton H. Jones, Detroit businessman and philanthropist, and chair of the UNCF Board of Directors. The event will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTubeClick here for full details.

Philander Smith College
Actor, author and entrepreneur Hill Harper will deliver the commencement speech. Click here for details.
EWC grads in chapel
Rust College
New York Times best-selling author and Chair of Princeton’s Department of African American Studies Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. will deliver Rust College’s 156th Commencement address on the lawn of the McCoy Administration building.

Talladega College
Congresswoman Nikema Williams of Georgia’s 5th Congressional district will deliver the commencement address on the Dr. Billy C. Hawkins Student Center quad. Click here for details.

Texas College
Bishop Marvin F. Thomas, Sr., 62nd bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, is the commencement speaker. Click here for details.

Tuskegee University
Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan State University and Tuskegee University alumnus (’77, ’79), will deliver the undergraduate commencement address to Tuskegee University’s class of 2022 inside the General Daniel “Chappie” James Arena. Click here for details.

Virginia Union University
Social justice leader and one of the leading organizers of the 2017 Women’s March Tamika Mallory will be the commencement speakers and she will also receive an Honorary Degree. Click here for details.

Voorhees College
Congressman James E. Clyburn, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina, will be the commencement speaker.

Wilberforce University
Representative Shontel Brown, Democrat representing an area of Cleveland, is the speaker. This will be an unprecedented event because Rep. Brown is also receiving her undergraduate degree at her commencement.

Wiley College
Bishop Donte’ L. Hickman, Sr.,  a Wiley College graduate (’94) and member of the Board of the Trustees will deliver the commencement address. Click here for details.

Xavier University
The Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson (‘99), president and CEO of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) and CDF Action Council and CDF Action Council will be the commencement speaker. Click here for details.


May 8

Paine College
Dr. Lester G. Jackson, III, Georgia state senator and Paine College’s board vice chair, will speak at the commencement service.

Shaw graduations at commencement

Shaw University
Dr. Michael Ugwueke, President and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare; and Alumnus and University Trustee, is the commencement speaker. Click here for details.


May 14

Bennett College
Tiffany Norwood,  Tribetan CEO and one of the top innovators and tech entrepreneurs in the world, will speak at the commencement ceremony. Click here for the livestreamed event.

 

Male student at Bethune Cookman University receiving conferral during graduation ceremony wearing cap and gown

Bethune-Cookman University
Details are still being finalized. The event will be livestreamed on YouTube. Click here for details.

Clark Atlanta University
Pinky Cole, alumna of Clark Atlanta and owner of popular Atlanta restaurant Slutty Vegan is the commencement speaker. Click here for details.

Dillard University
This year, the University will introduce new celebrities–the class of 2022. The class is represented by students who have excelled through a two-year pandemic period, which included several major hurricanes and a myriad of personal challenges. Click here for details.

Male college graduate wearing cap and gown cheers after officially graduating

Florida Memorial University
Comedian Joe Torry will be the guest speaker. Click here for details.

Livingstone College
Actor Malik Yoba will deliver the commencement address on the campus’ front lawn; the first time in the school’s history that graduation will be held in that location. Click here for link to streamed event.


May 15

Johnson C. Smith University
The honorable Vi Alexander Lyles, mayor of Charlotte, will be this year’s Commencement speaker. Click here for more details.

Morehouse College
Morehouse alumnus U.S. Senator Dr. Raphael G. Warnock ‘91, will serve as commencement speaker and receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters; U.S. Representative James E. Clyburn will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws. The commencement exercises will occur on the Century Campus. Click for details.

Spelman College
Alumna Stacey Abrams ( ’95), politician, lawyer and author will deliver the keynote address during 2022 commencement celebration in the McCamish Pavilion on the campus of GA Tech.  Abrams will also receive a 2022 National Community Service Award. Click here for details.

College graduates cheering after receiving their diplomas at Spelman College