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Message from Clarence D. Armbrister, 14th President of Johnson C. Smith University

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A Spiritual Message

It is a JCSU tradition for our gradates to participate in this time-honored tradition during graduation season. We are truly sorry that we cannot be together to celebrate your accomplishments. In lieu of a traditional service we asked our campus leaders to put together some prayers and remarks to commemorate the occasion. Please know that you are in our thoughts.

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JCSU’s administration understands the importance of an in-person graduation ceremony to our seniors and your families. Therefore, the University announces that Commencement 2020 has been rescheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at Bojangles’ Coliseum. The exercises will occur as part of Homecoming festivities this year. More details to come.

Valedictorian

Congratulations from the Deans

Dr. Helen Caldwell, Dean of the School of Social Work, addresses the Class of 2020

Dr. Laura Colson McLean, Dean of Metropolitan College of Professional Studies, addresses the Class of 2020. 

Dr. Brian Madison Jones, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters/Interim Dean of the College of STEM, addresses the Class of 2020.

Dr. Melvin Herring, Director, Master of Social Work Program, addresses the Class of 2020.

Dr. Antonio Henley, Dean of University College, addresses the Class of 2020

Dr. Takeem Dean, Dean of Students, addresses the Class of 2020

Dr. Cindy Kistenberg, President of the Faculty Senate, addresses the Class of 2020 on behalf of all faculty

Congratulations from our Alumni

Celebrating our student leaders

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Read our students' stories

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Perry earns Master of Social Work degree and boasts about school’s success

The Master of Social Work program has made a big impact at Johnson C. Smith University since it began in the 2014-15 academic year. The program was a big factor in the development of JCSU’s School of Social Work in 2017. 

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Arvelo, Class of 2020 salutatorian, faces insecurities, maintains full-time job

Dawn Arvelo ‘20 had no plans of going back to school when she relocated to Charlotte, N.C., for a job in 2008. Now she’s graduating as the salutatorian of the 2020 class.

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Never too late to come home: Silver returns to JCSU to finish undergraduate degree

The majority of Johnson C. Smith University students took the traditional route of enrolling following high school; however, JCSU is also home to a number of non-traditional students like Charli Silver ’20.

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JCSU senior Charles Langston: “I belonged at Smith.”

A sense of community is important to Charles Langston ’20. Originally from Tampa, Florida, he moved to Charlotte in high school. He didn’t know where he would go to college, but he knew he wanted to attend an HBCU. Then an unexpected turn altered his life dramatically.

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From foster child to graduate: how JCSU helped Taneva Bush reach her goals

Support. It’s the signature reason why Taneva Bush ’20 chose to attend Johnson C. Smith University.

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Minor majored in success on and off basketball court

Cayse Minor ’20, a four-year member of the men’s basketball team is a native of Winston-Salem, N.C. Being a student-athlete taught him time management and teamwork skills. He majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and plans to play professional basketball outside the U.S.

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Springfield finds new match at Georgia State University

Aria Springfield ’20, a four-year member of the women’s tennis team, is attending Georgia State University to pursue her master's degree in history.

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Ramoya Grandison, Class of 2020 valedictorian, attains goals and more

Ramoya Grandison ’20 arrived at Johnson C. Smith University in 2015 with ambitions of becoming class valedictorian.

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