BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) –  Bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees will be awarded at the Southern University and A&M College Fall Commencement at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 10 at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

Southern alumnus entrepreneur and philanthropist Irving Matthews will be the commencement speaker. Matthews is the president and owner of The Matthews Automotive Group, which includes four franchises: Ford, Kia, Toyota and Mazda. In May of this year, Matthews gifted Southern one million dollars to expand programming to create the Southern University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. According to an official press release, the money will also be used for seed funding for the construction of a new state-of-the-art 14,000-square foot building that will house the center’s operations and be named the Matthews Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Matthews facility should be complete in late 2022.

Almost 450 degrees will be given out. The F.G. Clark Activity Center will enforce the indoor mask mandate. Open seating begins at 9 a.m. 

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