On May 20 Morgan State University will hold its undergraduate Spring Commencement Ceremony at the Hughes Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. University President David Wilson announced that former Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address and will receive an honorary doctorate along with White House journalist, April Ryan and philanthropists Sylvia Brown and Sheldon Goldseker.
Ryan is a Morgan State graduate and has spent more than 30 years within the field of journalism and was recently hired by CNN as a political analyst. Brown is the co-founder of the “Turning the Corner Achievement Program,” a program dedicated to helping African-American middle schoolers in Baltimore. Goldseker is the founding board member of the Goldseker Foundation which has given over $100 million to local non-profit organizations and projects over the past 42 years.
The ceremony will also highlight Morgan’s sesquicentennial year and the more than 1,200 candidates receiving their degrees.
Morgan State has awarded over 50,000 academic degrees over the past 150 years. Founded in 1867, Morgan State is a Carnegie-classified Doctoral Research Institution and is known as Maryland’s premiere Historically Black Institution and offers more than 70 academic programs.
Today Morgan is the largest producer of African-American decorates in the State and one of the largest in the nation and has recently been designated as Maryland’s Public Urban Research University by Gov. Larry Hogan. In a letter to students and faculty Wilson wrote ““The State will also be signaling with the signing of this legislation that Morgan is Maryland’s only public comprehensive urban research university. This is a giant step forward for us. We are hopeful that funding will eventually follow to support our ascendancy as an economic, educational, and social development engine that will anchor Baltimore’s progress.”
The undergraduate ceremony will take place May 20 at 9:30 am at the Hughes Memorial Stadium and the graduate ceremony will take place on May 18 at 9:30 am at the Murphy Fine Arts Center.