North Carolina-Commencement Speakers-May 5

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-May 5

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

The next two weeks will see almost all four year colleges in North Carolina conduct commencement exercises. One part of that ceremony is the commencement speaker. In 1975 when I graduated from East Carolina University I cannot remember anything our commencement speaker said except his name was Senator Robert Morgan and he graduated from East Carolina. When I got my undergraduate degree I had that in common with a US Senator we both were Pirates.

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Good story on Senator Morgan and his wife in a past issue of ECU Alumni Magazine.

The photo below was taken from ECU Alumni magazine story and is of former Senator Robert Morgan and his wife Katie who also is a ECU grad.

Senator Morgan is 90 years old and as far as I can tell he is living in Lillington, NC.


A complete list of 2016 Commencement Speakers for all North Carolina Colleges and Universities is below:

Below is a list of 2016 commencement speakers in North Carolina which includes Oprah Winfrey, Mike Krzyzewski, Condoleezza Rice, and Senator Richard Burr:

  • Bennett College: LaShawne Holland, Entrepreneur
  • Davidson County Community College: Richard Burr, North Carolina Senator
  • Duke University: Mike Krzyzewski, men’s basketball coach
  • East Carolina University, Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • Elizabeth City State University: Bakari Sellers, CNN contributor
  • Elon University: David Gergen, CNN political analyst
  • Fayetteville State University: Robyn Hadley, alum and Rhodes scholar
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary: Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, author and trailblazer in reconciliation studies.
  • Greensboro College: Rev. Dr. Samuel Moore, member of the Board of Trustees
  • Guilford College: Dr. William J. Barber II, president of North Carolina NAACP
  • High Point University: Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State
  • Johnson C. Smith University: Oprah Winfrey, global media entrepreneur
  • Lees–McRae College: Dr A. Hope Williams, president of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Meredith College: Ellen Stofan, NASA Chief Scientist
  • Methodist University: Dr. Nancy J. Cable, president of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
  • North Carolina A&T State University: Anthony Foxx, United States Secretary of Transportation
  • North Carolina Central University: Cory Booker, U.S Senator from New Jersey
  • North Carolina State University: Admiral Michelle Howard, vice chief of naval operations
  • Pfeiffer University: Dr. Craig Burnette, expert on veteran homelessness and solutions
  • Piedmont Baptist College: Dr. David E. Bouler, director of Global Faith Ministries.
  • Queens University of Charlotte: Tom Shadyac, Hollywood movie director
  • Shaw University: Fred A. Whitfield, sports executive
  • St. Augustine’s College: Reverend Fr. Martini Shaw, spiritual leader
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville: Virgil Smith, former Asheville Citizen-Times publisher
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Anne-Marie Slaughter, writer and women’s rights advocate
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro: Denise Turner Roth, Administrator of the United States GSA
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke: Dr. Sally McRorie, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at Florida State University.
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington: Jean Matney English, Vice President Global Marketing, IBM Cloud and others
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts: Kelli O’Hara, Broadway actress
  • Wake Forest University: Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core
  • Western Carolina University: Carmen Huffman, the university’s recipient of the 2016 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • William Peace University: Lynn K Erdman, CEO Healthcare Industry, alum




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