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Suzanne Walsh, deputy director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success Team, will deliver the keynote address during Johnson C. Smith University’s 145th Commencement Exercise 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2017. The event will be held at the Irwin Belk Complex, capping off a year of celebrations around the institution’s sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary. Over 270 scholars will have their bachelor’s and master’s degrees conferred upon them at that time.

A recognized leader in higher education transformation, Walsh has worked with universities, workforce development, immigration and regional economic development. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and a juris doctorate and a Master of Social Work degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Walsh is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Future of the University group, Carnegie Mellon University’s Global Learning Council, as well as education start-up Uncollege.

The University will also hold a Baccalaureate Ceremony for the Class of 2017 on Friday, May 19, 2017, at 6 p.m. in the Jane M. Smith Memorial Church. The guest speaker is Cindy Kent, an evangelist and divisional president for 3M. Earlier this year, Black Enterprise magazine named her one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Business.

JCSU graduates are always the highlight of our Commencement Exercise. This year’s graduate stories include a tech entrepreneur with a heart for social consciousness, an amazing story of triumph over foster care system statistics, and tales of hard workers and sharp thinkers who are ready to shape the future. Find our graduate stories online here:

Jean-Marie Nshimiyimana:
https://www.jcsu.edu/commencement-exercises/graduate-stories/jean-marie-nshimiyimana

Shamaz Quince:
https://www.jcsu.edu/commencement-exercises/graduate-stories/shamaz-quince2

Derrick Robinson:
https://www.jcsu.edu/commencement-exercises/graduate-stories/derrick-robinson

Dulce Martinez:
https://www.jcsu.edu/commencement-exercises/graduate-stories/dulce-martinez2

Gabrielle Marshall:
https://www.jcsu.edu/commencement-exercises/graduate-stories/gabrielle-marshall2

Steven Reneau:
https://www.jcsu.edu/commencement-exercises/graduate-stories/steven-reneau-jr2

Tarick Miller:
https://www.jcsu.edu/commencement-exercises/graduate-stories/tarick-miller2

About Johnson C. Smith University
Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 24 fields of study, including a master’s degree in social work, to more than 1,400 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. Visit www.jcsu.edu or follow the university on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
Posted By: Reginald Culpepper
Thursday, May 18th 2017 at 2:47PM
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