Ambassador Andrew Young to Speak
Clayton State University’s annual Spring Commencement ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 5. There will be two ceremonies, the first starting at 9 a.m., and the second starting at noon. Both ceremonies will be held in the Clayton State Athletics & Fitness Center, located at 2000 Clayton State Blvd., on the main campus in Morrow.
The commencement speaker for both events will be former Atlanta mayor, Ambassador Andrew Young.
The 9 a.m. ceremony will feature approximately 240 graduates from the College of Business, the College of Health, and the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences. The noon ceremony will include approximately 280 graduates from the College of Arts & Sciences.
A former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Young, who was also the keynote speaker at Clayton State’s fourth annual Martin Luther King Day Commemoration Event in January 2004, is one of the nation’s most distinguished public servants… a pastor, civil and human rights leader, a former member of Congress and a former mayor of Atlanta, in addition to his service in the U.N. Young began his career of public service in the 1960s as a close associate of King. He served as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s (SCLC) executive director and executive vice president during King’s tenure as SCLS president and also organized many of King’s famous marches.
His career in politics began in 1972, when he was elected as Georgia’s first African-American in the U.S. Congress in 101 years. After two terms in the House of Representatives, he was appointed ambassador to the United Nations in January 1977, serving in that role, as well as a member of President Jimmy Carter’s Cabinet and the National Security Council, until September 1979.
In 1982, Young became mayor of Atlanta, beginning an eight-year tenure in that office and leading the city’s unprecedented economic boom that continued long after he left office in January 1990.
During his 40+ years of public service, Young has received innumerable awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the United States’ highest civilian award - and the French Legion of Honor.