ATLANTA (WAOK)-History will be made on Sunday at the 129th Morehouse College Commencement.
According to a Morehouse press release, when President Barack Obama speaks, this will be the very first time a “sitting President has given a May commencement address in Georgia, and the first time in three-quarters of a century that one has delivered any commencement speech in Georgia.” The release says that Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a summer commencement address at the University of Georgia in 1938.
It will also be a history making day for the Joyner family. Dorian Joyner started Morehouse College in 1984, but it would be 25 years later before he completed his bachelor of arts degree. Dorian Joyner Jr. will now also graduate with his dad.
Dorian Joyner Sr. would have graduated in 1988 but decided to concentrate on building his computer business, get married and start a family. A bout with cancer prevented him from a second chance at graduating — in 2012. Now cancer-free he will walk with his son and hear a commencement address from President Barack Obama.
The icing on the cake is Joyner’s mother, who turns 80 in May, will get to see the last of her children receive their college degree and her first grandchild receive his on the same day.
10,000 people are expected to attend. The commencement is set for 11 a.m. on the Century Campus.
Morehouse College President Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr. served under President Obama as executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities before being named the 11thpresident of Morehouse.
If don’t have a ticket to the event you cannot attend, however President Obama’s address is expected to be streamed live on the internet. Here’s the link………………..