WATCH: Southern University holding virtual commencement Friday for spring, summer graduates


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Southern University will hold a virtual commencement ceremony for its spring and summer graduates at 10 a.m. on Friday.

The ceremony will be available on the university’s website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Merck & Co. CEO and Chairman Kenneth C. Frazier will be the commencement speaker. Frazier, the first Black person to head a major pharmaceutical company in the U.S., will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Southern, according to a university news release.

Southern University President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Southern University Board of Supervisors Chairman Domoine Rutledge will give remarks at the virtual ceremony.

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