DAYTONA BEACH – Fedrick C. Ingram, an alumnus of Bethune-Cookman University, will provide the luncheon keynote address for the Alumni Day of Service on Friday, March 22, at 1:30 p.m.
“Attending B-CU was the crown jewel of my life. I am overjoyed to come back to Bethune-Cookman to impart what has been imparted in me. And I invite my fellow alumni to join us for the Alumni Day of Service,” Ingram said.
Ingram is the current president of the Florida Education Association (FEA). It represents more than 140,000 school employees in Florida’s public schools, colleges and universities.
Prior to becoming president, he was FEA vice president and was the first African-American elected president of United Teachers of Dade.
Teacher, band director
Pursuing his love of music, Ingram became a music teacher and band director, serving in the classroom for 10 years. His award-winning band programs were recognized statewide and nationally.
“I left Bethune with this notion that my head, my heart, and my hands were to serve my community. I knew it was my job to believe in what I could not see for other kids like me.
“I have always tried to honor that in a way that my entire life is committed to service. ‘Enter to learn, depart to serve’—it means so much to me because I use it every day,” said Ingram of the University’s motto.
Ingram earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Bethune-Cookman University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Barry University. He received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Florida Memorial University.
Alumni Day of Service is an opportunity for B-CU graduates to share their career insights and experiences with current students.
A welcome reception is Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. and a schedule of events take place on Friday, March 22 starting at 8 a.m.
The cost is $65. To register and for more information, visit cookman.edu.