Family and friends packed the Gilliam Concert Hall in the Murphy Fine Arts building today for Morgan State University’s second annual Graduate School Commencement exercises. During the ceremony, 233 degrees were conferred, 27 doctoral and 206 master’s, including the first-ever awarded for the Master of Education. Among those to receive the inaugural degree was Maryland State Sen. Joan Carter Conway.

Maryland State Sen. Joan Carter Conway receiving her inaugural degree. (Courtesy Photo)

Graduates were left encouraged by speeches given by two of their peers, Tyrone Stanley, who received his Ph.D. in English, and Jessica White, who received her Master’s in Public Health. Stanley, who was diagnosed with cancer during his matriculation at Morgan, received a standing ovation after sharing that he is now cancer free and urged fellow graduates to persevere despite challenges that may arise. White followed, reminding graduates that success is a continuous journey.

Commencement activities continue Saturday, May 19, at 9:30 a.m. at Hughes Memorial Stadium where nearly 800 undergraduate degrees will be awarded. Radio personality and philanthropist Tom Joyner will deliver the keynote address.

About Morgan
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution offering more than 100 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit