GREENSBORO – Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, a staunch advocate for historically black colleges and universities and a former chairwoman of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus, will deliver the Commencement Exercises keynote address at Bennett College, officials have announced.

Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 6, at 10 a.m. in The Quadrangle on the Bennett campus. The public is invited.

Visitors are also welcomed at Baccalaureate Exercises, which begin at 7 p.m. on May 5 inside the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel on campus. The Rev. Dr. Daran H. Mitchell, senior pastor of Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and President of The Pulpit Forum of Greensboro, will deliver the Baccalaureate address.

“We are delighted to have Congresswoman Adams and Rev. Mitchell address our students at such profoundly momentous occasions in their lives,” said Bennett College Interim President Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins. “Congresswoman Adams was a member of the Bennett faculty for more than 40 years and also served as director of our Steel Hall Art Gallery.

The Congresswoman is known for getting things done in Washington, and she’s also a powerful and relevant speaker,” Dawkins continued. “Pastor Mitchell is a friend to Bennett College and assisted us last fall by leading a worship service sponsored by The Pulpit Forum of Greensboro to help us raise money. He is a dynamic speaker, and I am confident each will impart sage knowledge to our graduating seniors.”

Seventy-seven women are expected to graduate from Bennett College on May 6, including Felisa Jordan Coates, who is earning a Bachelor of Arts Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Coates is an Army veteran who has served for nine years and was injured while deploying on her second tour to Iraq.

In the event of inclement weather, Commencement will be held inside the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel on Bennett’s campus.r

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