Celebrities, Leaders Speaking at 2022 UNCF-Member HBCU Commencements
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 YouTube. Click here for full details.
Philander Smith College
Actor, author and entrepreneur Hill Harper will deliver the commencement speech. Click here for details.
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.
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.
Congressman James E. Clyburn, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina, will be the commencement speaker.
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.
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.
Dr. Lester G. Jackson, III, Georgia state senator and Paine College’s board vice chair, will speak at the commencement service.
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.
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.
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.
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.