Maryland native Freda Lewis-Hall is a psychiatrist recognized for her “scientific achievement, patient health advocacy, and government service,” and on May 23, she will share her knowledge with Coppin State University’s graduating class of 2010 when she delivers the commencement address.

“We are especially pleased to welcome our commencement speaker to the campus and look forward to her address,” Coppin President Reginald Avery said in a statement. “We have great admiration for her achievements and contributions in the science and health fields and in so many other areas.”

Lewis-Hall is the senior vice president and chief medical officer for Pfizer, the world’s largest research-based biopharmaceutical company. There, she heads a division of prominent doctors, pharmacists, scientists, specialists and medical communicators.

Now a resident of New York, her professional experience includes the Howard University College of Medicine-Department of Psychiatry; senior leadership positions at Vertex; Bristol-Myers Squibb; and the National Institute of Mental Health. She is the founder of the Howard University Anxiety Disorders Treatment and Research Center, the country’s first center that specializes in treating minorities with anxiety disorders.

“Her background is a rare combination of scientific achievement, patient health advocacy, and government service,” said Pfizer Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Kindler.

“I am thrilled to have her with us.”

Coppin is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year. To add to that landmark, nearly 600 graduate and undergraduate students will receive degrees and 76 graduating nurses will be pinned at the nursing school’s annual ceremony.

The commencement ceremonies will be held on the Coppin State University campus and will begin at10:00 a.m. in the Physical Education Complex Arena.

“Commencements always provide a dramatic and gratifying climax to our academic year,” Avery said. “We congratulate the graduates and wish them continued success in their careers and personal pursuits.”