KSU To Host 120th Commencement Convocation May 9

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KSU To Host 120th Commencement Convocation May 9
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky State University will award graduates their associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees
at the 120th Commencement Convocation, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Frankfort Convention
Center, 405 Mero St., Frankfort.
The processional for faculty, staff, platform guests and graduates will begin at 9 a.m. The doors to the Convention
Center will close promptly at 8:30 a.m.
Dwayne Ashley, president and chief executive officer for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, will serve as the
commencement speaker. The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is a nonprofit organization based in New York
City that supports students in the nation’s 47 public historically black colleges, universities and law schools by
awarding them scholarships and internships and by providing students and their schools various programs focused
on leadership development, capacity building, research, talent sourcing, teacher training and secondary education
reform. The organization has raised and awarded more than $100 million for leadership development and
programmatic and capacity support and scholarships, which have enabled more than 15,000 students to attend
public HBCUs and become more competitive in the global job market.
In addition to the many candidates for graduation, KSU will award two special people honorary degrees. At 105,
Della Jones is KSU’s oldest living alumna. She graduated in 1957 after pursuing her degree for more than 30
years. She taught in Owen, Boone and Wayne county public schools for most of her life. She now lives in
Williamstown. Dr. Carl H. Smith has led the KSU Concert Choir for more than 50 years. He joined the university
in 1958 and has taught, directed and inspired students ever since. In addition to his conducting on campus, Smith
leads the First Christian Church Chancel Choir in Frankfort. He was recently honored at the Fifth Annual
President’s Scholarship Gala.