Sheryl Underwood to Speak at Voorhees 2018 Commencement Ceremony


Denmark, S.C. – Voorhees College will hold its 121st Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 5 at 11 a.m. in the Leonard E. Dawson Center. The keynote speaker will be actress, talk show host, and public speaker, Dr. Sheryl Underwood.

Underwood is a savvy business woman and philanthropist. She is described as a public speaker who is one of the world’s brightest contemporary humorists and she is recognized as one of the most articulate, well-informed women of her time.

Currently, she is a co-host of the Emmy award-winning CBS television show “The Talk,” and the 23rd international president of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., which makes her the only full-time entertainer to ever hold the sorority’s highest position.

She contributes weekly on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” a radio show where she serves as a guest host and appears on “The Steve Harvey Project,” a television version of the show airing on BET Her. In addition, Underwood is the founder & chief executive officer of the Pack Rat Foundation for Education (PRFFE)where she raises money to support the 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the students committed to pursuing a higher education

Underwood holds an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from both Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. and South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C.

She has starred in such films as “Bulworth” (starring Warren Beatty), “I Got the Hook Up,” and “Beauty Shop” (starring Queen Latifah). Also, Underwood was the host of Black Entertainment Television (BET) “Comic View” and “Holla,” a talk show she created and produced, which was loosely based on Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect.” Underwood also hosted “The Sheryl Underwood Show” on Jamie Foxx’s The Foxxhole, airing on Sirius 106/XM 149, where she provided a mix of political satire, comedy and music.

In 2013, Underwood was honored with the UNCF Masked Award at the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball in Los Angeles. She, along with NBA Hall of Famer and entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson, were recognized for their support and donations that provided hope and opportunity to young people attending UNCF-affiliated colleges and universities. Also, she is the recipient of the Arch of Triumph Award presented by Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. and is a member of the Benedict College Board of Trustees.

The hooding ceremony and baccalaureate service for the 2018 May graduates will be held on Friday, May 4 at 6 p.m. in the St. Philip’s Episcopal Chapel.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at

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