We deeply mourn the passing of Maya Angelou, whose treasured words moved us to tears, laughter and action. I am grateful to have known her as a fellow educator and colleague.
Johnson C. Smith University President Ronald L. Carter has been named to a new steering committee of college and university presidents that will assess the future of independent colleges.
Valedictorian Regina Jones-McPherson of Kingston Jamaica, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology and chemistry. She spent most of her childhood in street markets selling produce with her mother for their family’s livelihood. “Poverty was never an excuse for us,” she says. “My mother made sure of that.” After graduating from high school with honors, Jones-McPherson received a full academic scholarship to JCSU.
The sun was shining brightly on JCSU’s 142nd Commencement at Irwin Belk Complex as 247 students marched to African drummers onto Eddie C. McGirt field. More than 3,000 family and friends gathered to celebrate the momentous occasion. Joining the graduates were 41 distinguished alumni from the Class of 1964 wearing gold robes to commemorate their 50th reunion. Among them were such notables as past president of JCSU and Shaw University Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy and Dr. Boisey O. Barnes, M.D.