NEW ORLEANS – Dillard University holds its 80th Commencement on Saturday, May 7, at 8 a.m., on the historic Avenue of the Oaks. The University will confer more than 200 undergraduate degrees that day.
The University is proud to announce that actor, philanthropist, and author Terrence "J" Jenkins will deliver this year's commencement address. Jenkins may be best known for his seven-year stint on "BET's 106 & Park" and his starring role as Michael in the films "Think Like a Man" and "Think Like a Man Too." Most recently he spent three years co-hosting "E! News" on the E! Network. In 2013 he published his first book, "The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom," which was an in-depth look at his mother's journey raising him as a teenager. In addition to his thriving entertainment career, Jenkins is also a spokesperson for Ronald McDonald's House Charities Future Achievers Scholarship Campaign, a mentor with Steve Harvey's Disney Dreamers Academy and an avid supporter of the Newark New Jersey Boys and Girls Club. The Queens, New York native spent his formative years in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from North Carolina A & T University. Jenkins is also a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.
This year's honorary degree recipients are President of the Ray Charles Foundation, Valerie Ervin and actor Garrett Morris '58 ("2 Broke Girls," "The Jamie Foxx Show," "Saturday Night Live").
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