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Alcorn Commencement 2013 map available, attendees encouraged to arrive early

Alcorn State, Miss. (May 8, 2013) – Alcorn State University will hold its 142nd Commencement Convocation to recognize the Class of 2013 on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. in the Davey L. Whitney Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex. Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League – the nation’s largest civil rights organization, will speak at the Commencement Convocation, and Reverend Omarosa Manigault, former star of the “Apprentice” will offer special remarks.

Commencement attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Family members and friends of graduates are encouraged to be in their seats by 8:00 a.m.

Parking on campus is free. A parking map that shows travel direction and designated areas is available on the Commencement page at www.alcorn.edu/commencement .

Handicap permits/tags, issued by your state, may be used for parking in handicap spaces. Shuttle transportation will be available for elderly guests. For more information about handicap parking or elderly transportation, call 601.877.3000.

Plan your commute to campus wisely, anticipate congestion and allow at least 20 minutes to park. Carpooling is highly recommended.

The 2013 Baccalaureate Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 10 at 3:00 p.m. in the Oakland Memorial Chapel featuring the Bishop Millicent Hunter, founder and senior pastor of The Baptist Worship Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Recording artist Chrystal Rucker will perform during Commencement week activities. Over the years, she has become known for her spine-tingling renditions of Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow”. Choreographer, educator, and performing artist, Michelle Gibson will also entertain graduates and guests during commencement week.

On Wednesday, May 8, Mr. Darryl R. Matthews Sr., executive director of the National Medical Association, will serve as the guest speaker at the School of Business Pinning Ceremony at 11:00 a.m.; Dr. Boyce Courtney Williams, senior vice president for NAFEO, will keynote the School of Education & Psychology Teacher Induction Ceremony at 2:00 p.m.; and at 5:00 p.m. Dr. Adena Williams Loston, 14th president of St. Philip’s College, will address Graduate Studies graduates.

Ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, featuring Mr. Karis T. Gutter, deputy under secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, as the speaker for the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Congratulatory; Dr. Debra A. Toney, immediate past president of the National Black Nurses Association, will speak to graduates of the School of Nursing at 1:00 p.m.; Dr. Orlando L. Taylor, president of the Washington, DC Campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, is slated to address graduates of the School of Arts and Sciences at 3:00 p.m.; and Dr. Jim Rosenblatt, dean of Mississippi College School of Law, will be the guest speaker at the International and Multicultural Student Congratulatory at 6:00 p.m.

The Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 10 at 9:00 a.m. and Colonel (Ret.) Paul L. Willis will be the guest speaker.

For a detailed schedule of events, including event locations click here.

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Alcorn State University is a premier comprehensive land-grant university that develops diverse students into globally-competitive leaders, and applies scientific research through collaborative partnerships that benefit the surrounding communities, state, nation, and world.