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Renowned human rights advocate to deliver Lincoln University’s 2024 commencement address

Lincoln University President Brenda A. Allen announced that Bryan Stevenson, the distinguished founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, will be the keynote speaker at Lincoln’s 165th Commencement Ceremony. The event is scheduled for Sunday, May 5 at 11 a.m. on Lincoln’s main campus.

Approximately 400 undergraduate and graduate students will be awarded their degrees during the ceremony.

Stevenson, who was selected as keynote speaker by Lincoln’s faculty, will also be conferred with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. The ceremony will also recognize three other individuals with honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees: Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Honorable Cherelle Parker ’94, and the iconic Stevie Wonder.

“Bryan Stevenson addressing our graduates at Lincoln University’s 2024 Commencement

Ceremony stands as a testament to the university's dedication to fostering critical thought and

pursuing social justice,” said Allen. “His profound commitment to human rights and equity resonates deeply with the enduring principles that Lincoln upholds.”

Allen also commented on the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree recipients, saying “These esteemed individuals have made significant and lasting contributions to society, embodying the excellence and leadership that we champion at Lincoln. Their presence will undoubtedly elevate the importance and prestige of this year’s commencement, inspiring our graduates as they embark on their journeys to shape the future.”