commencement keynote Speaker




Spring 2021 (172nd)
Anita Brown-Graham
ncIMPACT Initiative Director and PBS NC Host; Distinguished Gladys Hall Coates Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC School of Government
Commencement Program

Fall 2020 (171st)
Virtual Ceremony (No Keynote Speaker)
Commencement Program 

Spring 2020 (170th)
Virtual Ceremony (No Keynote Speaker)

Fall 2019 (169th) 
Congressman Mark Walker
6th District of North Carolina

Spring 2019 (168th)
Tyrone Poole
Author, Speaker, Inventor,Entrepreneur TV/Radio Personality and Fitness Trainer 

Fall 2018 (167th)
Venessa Harrison
President, AT&T North Carolina

Spring 2018 (166th)
Margaret Spellings
President, University of North Carolina System


Fall 2017 (165th)
Dr. Walter Kimbrough
President,  Dillard University, New Orleans


Spring 2017 (164th)
Congressman G.K. Butterfield
First District of North Carolina

Fall 2016 (163rd)
Senator Daniel T. Blue, Jr. 
North Carolina Senate-District 14


Spring 2016 (162nd)
Bakari Sellers
Attorney and CNN Contributor

Fall 2015 (161st)

Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy
President Emerita, Shaw University and Johnson C. Smith University


Spring 2015 (160th)
Governor Pat McCrory
State of North Carolina

 Fall 2014 (159th)
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. 
President & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund


Spring 2014 (158th)
Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall
President of Bennett College

Fall 2013 (157th)
Vice Admiral Manson K. Brown
Deputy Commandant For Mission Support, United States Coast Guard


Spring 2013 (156th)
Dr. Leonard Slade
Professor of Africana Studies, University of Albany
State University of New York

Fall 2012 (155th)
Youlonda Copeland-Morgan
Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
University of California, Los Angeles


Spring 2012 (154th)
Secretary Reuben F. Young
Secretary of the North Carolina Dept. of Crime Control and Public Safety


Fall 2011 (153rd)
Ambassor Charles R. Stith
Director of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center
Boston University

Spring 2011 (152nd)
Joan E. Higginbotham
Former Astronaut, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility Office, Marathon Oil Company

Fall 2010 (151st)

Gale King
Executive vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer,  Nationwide


Spring 2010 (150th)
Congressman Chaka Fattah
2nd District of Pennsylvania,  U.S. House of Representatives


Fall 2009 (149th)
Annie W. Mobley
5th District, NC House of Representatives

Spring  2009 (148th)
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II
5th District of Missouri, House of Representatives

Fall 2008 (147th)
Senator Anthony E. Foriest
North Carolina General Assembly

Spring 2008 (146th)

Congresswoman Barbara Lee
9th Congressional District of California, U.S. House of Representatives