Celebrated radio personality, entrepreneur and philanthropist Tom Joyner will keynote the 2018 Morris Brown College commencement ceremony. Bachelor’s degrees will be awarded to 15 graduating seniors during the ceremony scheduled Saturday, May 19, 2018, 4:00pmat Big Bethel AME Church, Atlanta. “Our 2018 graduates are prepared to serve in a competitive workforce or pursue degrees at the graduate level,” said Dr. Stanley J. Pritchett, President. “We are excited to have the legendary Tom Joyner address this class because he has committed a lifetime to the promotion of HBCU’s including raising more than $65 million dollars to keep students enrolled.” Joyner will receive an honorary Doctorate of Business degree from the college for his entrepreneurial achievements.
As host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Joyner empowers and entertains more than 7.4 million listeners weekly covering nearly 100 stations nationwide. He has received many accolades throughout his career including the National Association of Broadcasters’ Marconi Award, Billboard’s “Best Urban Contemporary Air Personality” award, the NAACP Image Award and has been inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. A graduate of the Tuskegee Institute, Joyner started at WRMA in Montgomery working his way through Memphis, St. Louis and Dallas, eventually landing at WJPC in Chicago. Joyner earned the nickname “The Fly Jock” in the mid-1980s while flying round-trip between Dallas and Chicago five days a week. His daily travels and attention-grabbing on-air style gained him publicity and high ratings. In 1994, The Tom Joyner Morning Show was syndicated nationally with ABC Radio Networks. He made The Tom Joyner Morning Show part of his newly created company, Reach Media, Inc. in 2003. The company has since grown to syndicate the most dominant Urban and Inspirational programming in radio with highly interactive positioning in digital media and events as a subsidiary of Urban One.
The college will also confer an honorary Doctorate of Music degree to James Hardy Patterson. He is a
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