Florida Memorial, FAMU graduations this weekend



Here’s a roundup of spring commencements scheduled at Florida’s HBCUs in the coming weeks.

Florida Memorial University will host its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Florida Memorial University Clock Tower Promenade.

The ceremony, which will be held outdoors, will include a processional and recessional along the promenade accompanied by drummers. A segment of the promenade will be lined by international flags that represent some of the nations of student candidates.

Prior to the official Commencement, there will be a baccalaureate service, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Susie C. Holley Religious Center at Florida Memorial University. Dr. Joseph D. Turner of the Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Miami will be the speaker.

159 graduates
Both commencement ceremonies are open to the public.

“Florida Memorial University will recognize approximately 159 undergraduate and graduate students who have completed all academic requirements for graduation,” stated Dr. Denise Callwood-Brathwaite, associate provost.

140502_events01The speaker for the commencement ceremony is Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Carvalho, along with Dr. Robert B. Hayling, will be presented with Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during the ceremony. Hayling graduated from Florida A&M College in 1951 with a BS degree in Biology. He is a former Lieutenant with the United States Air Force, and the first Black dentist in Florida to be elected to the local, regional, state, and national components of the American Dental Association.

The commence will be the first for Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis as the university’s 13th president.

For more information, contact Erica McKinney, director of Public Affairs, at 305-626-3626.

Florida A&M
Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson and Essence Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor will be the speakers for Florida A&M University’s spring commencement ceremonies scheduled Saturday, May 3 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, at the Alfred Lawson Jr.

Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium in Tallahassee.

For more information, call 850-599-3413.

Julianne Malveaux will be the keynote speaker at Bethune-Cookman University at 2 p.m. May 14 at the Ocean Center. Malveaux, former president of Bennett College, also is an author, columnist and economist.

More information: www.cookman.edu

Edward Waters College
The graduation at Edward Waters is May 10 at the Adams/Jenkins Community Sports & Music Complex. The Class of 1964 also will be honored. Guests need a ticket to be admitted.

Call 904-470-8000 for tickets and more information.

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