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“The Fly Jock” Tom Joyner to Deliver 2017 Shaw University Commencement Address

Tom JoynerIconic radio host, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Tom Joyner will serve as the keynote speaker for Shaw University’s 2017 Spring Commencement exercises, to be held Saturday, May 13 at the Raleigh Convention Center beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Officials say they are overjoyed to welcome the noted HBCU philanthropist and advocate, who reaches more than 8 million listeners weekly as host of the syndicated ‘Tom Joyner Morning Show.’

“Mr. Joyner’s tremendous professional career coupled with many years of distinguished and dedicated community and public service will serve as an inspiration for our graduates, their families, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community,” said Shaw University President, Tashni-Ann Dubroy.

The Radio Hall of Fame member has received dozens of professional and cultural accolades, and is recognized as a past winner of the NAACP Image Award, Impact Magazine's "Joe Loris Award" for Excellence in Broadcasting and Billboard's "Best Urban Contemporary Air Personality" award. 

An alumnus of Tuskegee University, Joyner created The Tom Joyner Foundation to help keep students in historically black colleges and universities. Since its inception, the foundation has raised more than $60 million. For his philanthropic efforts, Joyner has received a BET Humanitarian Award and Denny’s Community Impact Award.