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Hooding ceremonies mark finish line for graduates of Thurgood Marshall School of Law, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

By: Texas Southern University

Thurgood Marshall School of Law and the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences will hold hooding ceremonies for their graduates in separate events Friday evening.
The TMSL Hooding Ceremony, commemorating the successful completion of juris doctor degree requirements by the graduates, begins at 6 p.m on Friday, May 13, in H&PE Arena, with the Honorable Chukwe Antar Lumumba, major of Jackson, MS, as the featured speaker. The Hooding Ceremony will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person, with the link to be provided on the TMSL website.
After graduating from TMSL in 2008, Lumumba returned to Jackson, MS, to serve with his late father, former Mayor Chokwe Lumumba at Lumumba, Freelon, and Associates. He litigated criminal and civil cases and represented various sports and entertainment clients for the firm. In 2013, he launched his own firm—Lumumba and Associates—a firm “Dedicated to Community. Invested in Justice.” Lumumba has a history of pro bono work as part of his commitment to providing community members with quality representation regardless of the ability to pay. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association as well as the Magnolia Bar Association.
On July 3, 2017, Lumumba became the 53rd mayor of the City of Jackson. He was 34 years old, making him the youngest mayor in Jackson’s history. 
The COPHS Hooding and Culmination Ceremony for the Class of 2022 will be held Friday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. in Sawyer Auditorium. Graduates will be recognized and masters and doctoral candidates will receive their hoods. 
The keynote address will be given by TSU alumnus Alexander C. Okwonna, Pharm.D., M.Ed., who currently serves as Provost of San Jacinto College – North Campus. Dr. Okwonna has been with San Jacinto College since 2005, initially as a professor, then serving as program director of the Pharmacy Technician program, department chair of Health Sciences, and dean of Health and Natural Sciences.

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