Jefferson City, MO Bakari Sellers, who made history in 2006 as the youngest African American elected official in the country, will deliver the Commencement Address at Lincoln University on Saturday, May 11.  Sellers will address the Class of 2019 at 10 a.m. at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. 

Elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives at the age of 22, Sellers defeated a 26-year-incumbent and was the youngest member of the state legislature.  In 2014, he won the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor of South Carolina, and is considered a rising star and a voice for a generation within the party.  Sellers earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina.  A practicing attorney, Sellers has been a contributor to CNN, was listed inTIME magazine’s “40 under 40” in 2010, and was on “The Root 100” list of 2014 recognizing the most influential African Americans in the nation. 

In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to Robert and Charlene Mitchell Auditorium in Richardson Fine Arts Center.  Livestreaming will be available from anywhere at

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