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Members of Alcorn Historic 140th Graduating Class to Receive Their Degrees on Saturday, May 7

A total of 685 (preliminary number, pending Registrar’s verification) undergraduate and graduate students will participate in the historic 140th anniversary Commencement Ceremony in the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex on the Lorman campus of Alcorn State University on May 7, 2011, beginning at 8:30 a.m. All schools of the university will be awarding degrees on that day. The members of the graduating class 2011 will receive their diplomas from ASU 18th President M. Christopher Brown II, Ph.D.

“In our day and age one cannot overestimate the importance of education, and higher education in particular, to America’s prosperity and to personal success of its people,” says Dr. Brown. “The Council of Economic Advisers’ report described a shift in the U.S. labor market towards jobs that require greater analytical and interactive skills, and the benefits of higher education. It is expected that jobs requiring at least an associate degree will grow twice as fast as jobs requiring only a high school education. A higher education degree can open the door to many opportunities."

As members of Alcorn State’s Class of 2011 weigh their continued academic choices on May 7, they will do so while listening to former United States House of Representatives Majority Whip and past UNCF President William “Bill” H. Gray III, current chairman of Gray Loeffler, LLC.

The 140th Annual Commencement of Alcorn State University takes place on Saturday, May 7, 2011, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex on the Lorman campus of Alcorn State University, which is located at 1000 ASU Drive in Lorman, Mississippi. Live feed of the ceremony will be available for the public at www.alcorn.edu . For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at 601.877.6130.