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Bethune-Cookman University Announces Spring Commencement Speakers: U.S. Congresswoman Val Demings and Henry Thomas


Spring Commencement 2018 will be held at the Mary McLeod Performing Arts Center. "Bringing all of the graduation activities to campus will allow us to come together as a community proud to send into the world more than 400 graduates who are global leaders committed to service, lifelong learning and diversity," said Interim President Hubert L. Grimes. The University will host two ceremonies at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.The 9 a.m. commencement speaker will be U.S. Congresswoman Val Demings. At the 3 p.m. ceremony, U.S. entrepreneur and civil rights activist Henry Thomas will give the keynote address.

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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