Statue of Fanny Jackson Coppin on the Coppin State University Campus

By Special to the AFRO from Coppin State University

BALTIMORE – Coppin State University will host its 122nd Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 20, 2022, at 10 a.m., on the soccer field of the University’s Physical Education Complex. The Coppin State University Class of 2022 includes more than 300 graduates.

Before the ceremony, Coppin State University President Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D., will lead the graduates on a processional, from the Parlett L. Moore Library to the Physical Education Complex soccer field. For the first time, the Coppin State University commencement processional will march past the statue of Fanny Jackson Coppin, the African American educator and leader for whom the University is named. The Fanny Jackson Coppin statue was unveiled, in February 2022.

Baltimore Police Department Deputy Commissioner Sheree Briscoe will deliver the commencement address. Deputy Commissioner Briscoe is an alumna of Coppin State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She is a 27-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, and the first woman promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner. Deputy Commissioner Briscoe began her career with the Baltimore Police Department as a patrol officer in the Western District. She was appointed to serve as the commander of the Western District, three weeks following the 2015 unrest, in Baltimore. She was promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner, in 2021.

Deputy Police Commissioner Sheree Briscoe (Photo Courtesy: Baltimore Police Department)

This will be the first commencement ceremony where graduates and guests will be welcomed in-person, since 2019. Commencement will be live streamed at More information about commencement can be found at 

About Coppin State University
Coppin State University, a Historically Black Institution in a dynamic urban setting, serves a multi-generational student population and provides education opportunities while promoting lifelong learning. The university fosters leadership, social responsibility, civic and community engagement, cultural diversity, inclusion, and economic development.

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