BY JAMES HARPER
For the first time in 20 years, Bethune-Cookman University will have a fall commencement.
The graduation is at 10 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center, 698 W. International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach.
Graduating will be 127 students along with the first two students ever to graduate with a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science, according to B-CU. The two students are Andrew Kamerosky and Niraj Ray.
“I decided to bring back fall commencement at the request of the students and faculty. I believe our students should share the same opportunities that other universities afford and enter the workforce in January with their degree in hand,” said Dr. Edison Jackson, B-CU’s interim president.
Former B-CU board chairman Lee Rhyant, a 1972 alumnus and retired executive vice president from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, will be the commencement speaker.
B-CU Interim President Dr. Edison O. Jackson will be the service of consecration speaker.
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter and Michelle Carter-Scott will be receiving honorary doctorate degrees.
Carter-Scott has a Bachelor of Science from Bethune-Cookman University and a master’s from Nova University. She is executive director of Vince Carter’s Embassy of Hope Foundation, CEO of Visions in Flight, Inc., and chief operating officer of Flight XV.
In January 2010, Carter-Scott and her son, Vince Carter, opened Vince Carter’s, a restaurant in Daytona Beach. She oversees the Embassy of Hope Foundation, which provides food to needy families and financial support to the humanitarian efforts of the Children’s Home Society, Halifax Urban Ministries, Anchor House Ministries, Wings of Hope Foundation, Dream-A-Wish, and Habitat for Humanity.
About Bishop Carter
Bishop Carter was elected to the episcopacy of the United Methodist Church, consecrated as a bishop and assigned to the Florida Conference during the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, formally known as the Resident Bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.
A native of Georgia, he has a Bachelor of Science from Columbus College, a master of divinity from Duke University Divinity School, a master’s from the University of Virginia, and doctor of ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary.
In addition, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of Divinity degree from the United Methodist University of Liberia.
Bishop Carter is the author of eight books, most recently, “Pray For Me: The Power in Praying For Others’’ (Upper Room, 2012).
The fall commencement is free, but tickets are required and limited. Tickets can be picked up at the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center box office.