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Johnson C. Smith University marks commencement, alumni reunions
School grants degrees to 260 students
Published Saturday, May 18, 2019 12:05 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Johnson C. Smith University will confer 260 degrees to undergraduate and graduate students Sunday at Bojangles' Coliseum.

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It’s commencement weekend at Johnson C. Smith University.

The school will confer degrees to 260 undergraduate and graduate students at commencement exercises on May 19 at 10 a.m. at Bojangles’ Coliseum. Doors open at 8 a.m., and early arrival is encouraged.

“The word ‘commencement’ signifies the end of college but actually means ‘beginning,’ which certainly captures the spirit of our graduates going on to pursue their goals in life,” said JCSU President Clarence Armbrister. “I’m especially proud of the graduates who personify JCSU’s commitment to providing opportunities for underserved students and improving upward mobility for future generations.”

Ralph Groce, group chief information officer at S&P 500 company Everest Re is the commencement speaker. Groce, who has been in the financial services industry for 20 years, is founder of GroceProfit, which provides equity investment tools and advice to underserved and underrepresented communities. He provides scholarship funding to his alma maters, Boston University and Queens University, while supporting the JCSU endowment.

JCSU is also welcoming alumni back to campus, marking celebrations of class years ending in 4 and 9, including the 50th anniversary of the class of 1969.



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