TU to award 490 degrees at spring commencement ceremonies


As part of its spring commencement exercises, Tuskegee University will confer 490 degrees on its newest graduates.

At its 133rd Spring Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 12, the university will award 392 bachelor’s degrees, 31 master’s degrees and one doctoral degree. At its College of Veterinary Medicine Spring Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 5, the university awarded 66 doctoral degrees in veterinary medicine.

The May 12 ceremony — beginning at 10 a.m. in the Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Arena — will feature remarks by Barron M. Witherspoon Sr., a 1985 economics graduate and Procter & Gamble’s current global vice president for industry affairs. A 33-year P&G veteran, Witherspoon leads the company’s external relationships and partnerships with trade associations and thought leaders that affect public policy and industry standards across the consumer goods industry. He also oversees development of the company’s global trade policies and practices.

Saturday’s ceremony also will include the presentation of an honorary degree to civil rights legend and Tuskegee-based attorney Fred D. Gray. Gray — whose list of previous legal clients includes Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — has championed and safeguarded the civil rights of others for more than half a century through a number of landmark Alabama legal decisions.

The May 12 ceremony, a ticketed event, will be live-streamed online at www.tuskegee.edu/live. Overflow seating will be available for guests on campus and without tickets in the university’s Luther Foster Hall and the University Chapel.

For more information about the May 12 ceremony and other commencement-related events scheduled the week of May 7, visit www.tuskegee.edu/commencement.

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Additional Background:

Barron Witherspoon: https://www.tuskegee.edu/news/pg-exec-tuskegee-alumnus-to-deliver-spring-commencement-address

Fred D. Gray: https://www.tuskegee.edu/news/tuskegee-to-award-honorary-degree-to-attorney-civil-rights-legend-fred-d-gray

About Tuskegee University:
Located in Tuskegee, Alabama, Tuskegee University is a private and state-related land-grant institution that serves a racially, ethnically and religiously diverse student body of 3,100-plus students. The institution was founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington and is one of 101 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) nationally. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges since 1933, Tuskegee’s academic programs — many accredited by their respective accrediting bodies — currently lead to 41 bachelor’s, 16 master’s and six doctoral degree opportunities. Recently, U.S. News and World Report ranked Tuskegee sixth among HCBUs nationally, first among Alabama HBCUs and second among all Southern regional universities in Alabama. For more information about Tuskegee University, visit www.tuskegee.edu.

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