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Alcorn to honor largest graduating class in history

Alcorn State, MS (April 19, 2012) – When Alcorn State University first opened its doors in 1871 with eight faculty members and 179 eager students the institution’s future and impact could not have been foretold. Today, Alcorn serves as the epic-center for academic excellence and is a major economic generator for southwestern Mississippi. 

Alcorn is now home to more than 4,000 students, and will honor its largest graduating class in the University’s 141-year history at its Commencement Convocation on May 12 in the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., President M. Christopher Brown II will confer 833 degrees on students who have applied to receive 609 bachelor’s and 224 master’s degrees. 

“Alcorn will enthusiastically celebrate the accomplishments of 833 outstanding graduates of the Class of 2012,” President Brown proudly said. “This marks another major milestone for our students and in the history of Alcorn. I am certain this class will continue to reach new heights and inspire people around the world as fellow Alcorn alumni have been doing for generations.”  

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees will be presented to two distinguished recipients, Ms. Xernona Clayton (founder and CEO of Trumpet Awards) and Dr. Randal Pinkett (chairman and CEO of BCT Partners), both will address graduates during the convocation. 

The 2012 Baccalaureate Exercises is scheduled for Friday, May 11 at 3:00 p.m. in the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex featuring Reverend Jamal-Harrison Bryant as the keynote speaker. Gospel recording artist, Dathan Thigpen, will perform at Alcorn’s Baccalaureate Exercises and the Commencement Convocation.

Family members and guests attending the ceremonies are asked to arrive early as event locations traditionally fill to capacity. Overflow areas will be provided.

Commencement Ceremonies Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, May 9

10:00 a.m., School of Business Pinning Ceremony, Oakland Memorial Chapel

2:00 p.m., School of Education & Psychology Teacher Induction Ceremony, Oakland Memorial Chapel

5:00 p.m., School of Graduate Studies Reception, Clinton Bristow, Jr. Dining Hall - Gold Room

Thursday, May 10

1:00 p.m., School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Oakland Memorial Chapel

3:30 p.m., International and Multicultural Student Congratulatory, J. D. Boyd Library – Medgar Wiley Evers Auditorium

Friday, May 11

10:00 a.m., Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Oakland Memorial Chapel

3:00 p.m., 2012 Baccalaureate Exercises, Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex

Saturday, May 12

8:30 a.m., 141st Commencement Convocation, Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex

The convocation can be viewed online at www.alcorn.edu, with a live stream beginning 15 minutes before the ceremony.




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 which benefit the surrounding communities, state, nation and world.