Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr., executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to deliver commencement address
WALNUT HILLS – Union Institute & University (UI&U) is proud to welcome its newest graduates from Cincinnati and across the country on October 15 and 16 for the university’s National Commencement Weekend. The graduates have earned doctoral, masters, and undergraduate degrees from the private, non-profit university that, since 1964, has provided higher education opportunities for adults.
The events begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 15, with the President’s Reception, held at the UI&U Cincinnati Academic Center in Walnut Hills. The reception is an opportunity for new graduates and their families to celebrate their accomplishments with UI&U President Dr. Roger H. Sublett, trustees, faculty, alumni, and fellow graduates. The weekend culminates with the UI&U National Commencement, Saturday, October 16, at 11 am in the Hall of Mirrors at the Hilton Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati.
Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr. executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities will deliver the commencement keynote address. “Our university is committed to graduating learners who go on to become leaders in their communities,” said President Sublett. “Dr. Wilson is an inspiring speaker and scholar and we are very honored that he will help inspire our graduates as they make a difference in their work and their communities around the nation.
Wilson was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to be executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). In this role, Wilson works as liaison between the executive branch of the government and HBCUs. Said President Obama, in a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Education, “We're delighted to have someone with the breadth and quality of experience that Dr. Wilson brings to address the challenges our HBCUs face. His expertise and insight will be invaluable to the Department."
UI&U’s President’s Reception will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, October 15, at the Cincinnati Academic Center, 440 East McMillan Street, Walnut Hills. The UI&U National Commencement is at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 16, in the Hall of Mirrors, at the Hilton Netherland Plaza, 35 West Fifth Street, downtown.
UI&U is headquartered in Cincinnati and has centers in Brattleboro and Montpelier, VT., Sacramento and Los Angeles, CA, and Miami, FL. For more information on the national commencement events, please contact Nicole Hamilton, public relations manager, at 513-487-1194 or at Nicole.firstname.lastname@example.org.