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Johnson C. Smith University to Celebrate 140th Commencement May 6

Charlotte, N.C. (April 19, 2012) – Johnson C. Smith University will hold its 140th Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 6 at 8 a.m. at the Irwin Belk complex on the university campus. Commencement will be the culminating event for the 145th academic year.

Commencement speaker is James E. Rogers, president and CEO of Duke Energy. He will also receive the Honorary Doctor of Law degree. The Baccalaureate Service for the Class of 2012 will take place at 6 p.m. on April 4 at Jack S. Brayboy Gymnasium with guest speaker Rev. Dr. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes. She is assistant pastor of Union Baptist Church in Cambridge, Mass. and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of African-American Studies and Sociology at Colby College.

Both ceremonies are free and open to the public. More information may be found at

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is the premier independent urban liberal arts university located in the heart of Charlotte, N.C. It offers a progressive liberal arts curriculum with 26 fields of study to more than 1,600 students. The University prepares students for success through excellent academic programs with a focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility.    

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