Cheyney University of Pennslyvania to honor Civil Lights leader


Friday, May 18, 2013

Contact:  Office of Public Relations & Constituent Development

Pam Carter, 610-399-2515,

Press coverage at the event is welcome.  

Cheyney University Honors Civil Rights Hero at 2013 Commencement Program

WHO:         Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Facilitator: Cheyney University President, Dr. Michelle R. Howard-Vital

Honoree:  Bayard T. Rustin  (1912-1987)

WHEN:      Saturday, May 18, 2013 11:00 A.M.

WHAT:  The 2013 Commencement Program at Cheyney University honors the late Bayard T. Rustin, architect of the historic “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” and advisor to the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.  Bayard Rustin attended Cheyney State College (now known as Cheyney University) from 1934-37 where his singing ability earned him a music scholarship.  Mr. Walter Nagle will receive the degree for Rustin. Rustin’s relatives will be in attendance.

WHERE: Historic Quadrangle, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Campus, 1837 University Circle, Cheyney Pennsylvania, 19319.

For more information, please contact:  Pam Carter, Public Relations & Constituent Development, 610-399-2515 (Work) or 484-716-3379 (Cell) or or Nancy L. Jones, Vice President for University Advancement & External Relations, 610-399-2505 (Work) or


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