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Van Jones to deliver commencement speech at Morehouse graduation

Morehouse College has asked CNN’s Van Jones to speak at its 133rd commencement ceremony.

The ceremony, which takes place on Sunday, May 21st at Century Campus, will see more than 300 students receive their degrees.

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Members of the Morehouse College 2002 graduating class sing their school song during commencement ceremonies May 19, 2002 in Atlanta. About 500 men received their undergraduate degrees from the predominately black school. (Photo by Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)

“As Morehouse College celebrates its 150th year of serving scholars, we are honored to have Van Jones, a world-renowned journalist, political insider, and best-selling author as our graduation speaker,” said Morehouse College Interim President Bill Taggart. “At Morehouse, we groom scholars to become change-agents in business and government, in math and science, and in the arts.

“Our students not only grow intellectually, they also grow in their understanding of their responsibility to serve their communities,” he added. “Van Jones’ work in social justice and the environment will inspire our students to become servant leaders in their careers.”

Demarius Brinkley, president of the Senior Class Council also had this to say of Jones: “We are honored to have Van Jones, an environmental leader, and former adviser to President Obama, speak at graduation. It is appropriate and timely to pause during our celebration for graduating scholars to welcome a voice that will allow us to reflect on the political, social, and economic climates and assess how we are able to, in our respective areas of work, improve and advance global communities as world-defining leaders.”


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