CBCF’s President and CEO to Deliver FAMU Fall Commencement Address

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A. Shuanise Washington will receive the University’s esteemed President’s Award

WASHINGTON—On December 12, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF), president and CEO, A. Shuanise Washington will deliver the keynote address at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) fall commencement in Tallahassee, Fla. During FAMU’s fall commencement, Washington will receive the President’s Award, which is bestowed upon an individual who has contributed his or her time and talents to impact students at the University.

“I feel privileged and grateful to share in this special day,” stated A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO of the CBCF. “These students have achieved a life-altering accomplishment; the first reward in their professional life: a college education. Their FAMU education and experience will position them among a network of global leaders.”

“We are honored to have Mrs. Washington serve as our commencement speaker,” said President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. “Her outstanding efforts in advocacy, research, education, civic engagement, and community relations serve as a great model of excellence for our graduates.”

Ms. Washington joins the ranks of notable leaders to deliver the commencement address at FAMU. Previous speakers include world-renown poet Nikki Giovanni; Essence editor-at-large, Mikki Taylor; minister, political, civil rights and social justice activist, Reverend Al Sharpton; Emmy award-winning journalist Byron Pitts and Microsoft Chairman, John W. Thompson.

More than 700 students will receive degrees during the graduation ceremony. The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. at the Alfred L. Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium.


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