Radio host Thomas Joyner Jr. (Tom Joyner) will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Dillard University on Saturday, May 11, at the University’s 83rd Commencement. The University will hold its commencement at 8 a.m,, on the historic Avenue of The Oaks.The Tuskegee, Alabama native has been known as the hardest working radio man in the business. Joyner attended Tuskegee Institute (now known as Tuskegee University). He graduated with a degree in Sociology; while he was in college, he got musically involved in a band called, The Commodores. He also joined the fraternity of Omega Psi Phi.For eight years from 1985 to 1993 before syndication was the norm, he did two shows in two different cities, hosting one in Dallas in the morning before flying to Chicago in the afternoon.A travel agent found Joyner a $30,000 fare that would guarantee him a round-trip seat for five years. He was given the nickname “Fly Jock,” pocketing $1 million a year per show. In the end, he flew 7 million miles for work. For the past 24 years, he’s been in syndication, the first black personality to successfully go nationwide.After the success of the radio show The Tom Joyner Morning Show, a syndicated TV show “The Tom Joyner Show” was aired in the year 2005. It was an hour long comedy show featuring Tom Joyner. The show was a variety show where artists like Earth, Wind, and Fire, Brian McKnight, Kenneth “babyface” Edmonds etc had performed. This show gained top ratings. Later it even became the number 1 show which was themed for African-American viewers.Tom Joyner founded his own foundation in the year 1998. This foundation provides financial assistance to black students studying in the historically black colleges and universities. The Tom Joyner foundation provides the scholarship to different categories of chosen students. It provides scholarship funds like- The Hercules Scholarship and Full ride Scholarship.The foundation also conducts various programs. Veterans Education Program aids veterans to find appropriate classes and programs as well as funds them. Global Education funds for students attending historically black colleges and university. Similarly the teacher quality partnered with National Education association.From W.E.B DuBois, Dr. Martin Luther King to Michelle Obama and Misty Copeland, Dillard University’s lineage is filled with worldwide influencers who have delivered commencement addresses or have spoken at Brainfood, The Dillard University President’s Lecture Series. The University considers itself a place that not only educates some of the country’s top scholars and leaders but where the community is always invited for robust discussions.