Virtual Celebration Will Highlight the Achievements of HBCU Graduates Across the Country
HAMPTON, V.a. ( May 13, 2020) — In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis that has forced colleges and universities across the nation to postpone their commencement celebrations, Hampton University is joining a coalition of HBCU leaders, advocacy organizations, and corporate partners that have come together to host the National HBCU Commencement Celebration. The virtual event will be streamed live on various social media sites including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 2PM EST (11 AM PST).
“While it saddens me that our nation and the world are navigating new circumstances that do not allow for normalcy, I am happy that Hampton University can take part in this nation wide celebration of the HBCU Class of 2020,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President. “If conditions permit, Hampton University still plans to honor our graduates with a ceremony Sunday, September 27, 2020. In the mean time, this virtual ceremony will allow our nation’s HBCU graduates to celebrate their accomplishments.”
The celebration will feature a video message from Dr. Harvey, other HBCU Presidents, celebrity hosts, motivational speakers, musical performances, and the profiles of HBCU valedictorians and other graduates. Confirmed guests include: President Barack Obama, Kevin Hart, Thasundra Brown Duckett, Wyclef Jean, Mellody Hobson, Omari Hardwick, and MANY more! In addition to highlighting this year’s graduates and their institutions, the event will raise funds for participating HBCUs and their students.
The celebration is being organized by Paul Quinn College, Howard University, The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), Thurgood Marshal College Fund (TMCF), and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). The event is being supported by several partners, including ESSENCE, JPMorgan Chase, and the National Basketball Association (NBA).
For more information regarding the National HBCU Commencement Celebration, visit: https://hbcustudent.chase.com/.
Join the celebration
On May 16 at 2:00pm ET (11:00am PT), tune in to one of these spots: