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Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. To Speak At Cheyney University May 12 Commencement Program

April 20, 2012

Cheyney University President Michelle Howard-Vital announced that the 2012 Cheyney University commencement ceremonies will take place on Saturday,  May 12 at 11 AM in the historic quadrangle on campus.

"This year we celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of Cheyney University," said President Michelle Howard-Vital.  "It is most appropriate to have an American icon of national renown address our graduates. We are pleased to announce that Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. will be our commencement speaker."

The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past forty years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice. On August 9, 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Reverend Jackson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.The medal acknowledges a life of service and a concern for the least fortunate.

Reverend Jackson has been called the "Conscience of the Nation" and "the Great Unifier," challenging America to be inclusive and to establish just and humane priorities for the benefit of all. He is known for bringing people together on common ground across lines of race, culture, class, gender and belief. Reverend Jackson has received more than 40 honorary doctorate degrees, and frequently lectures at major colleges and universities.