Superstar Pharrell Williams to Deliver Commencement Speech at HBCU, Norfolk State University in Virginia!
Posted By: Will Moss on December 09, 2021 |
Music superstar Pharrell Williams will deliver the commencement address to Norfolk State University’s December graduates of the Class of 2021, the university announced.
The ceremony will take place in-person at Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall on campus on Dec. 11, starting at 9 a.m. It will also be available to view via livestream on NSU’s website, www.nsu.edu.
Williams, a Virginia Beach native, has been an advocate for racial justice in his home state. The Grammy-winning producer and Oscar-nominated songwriter played a critical role in Gov. Ralph Northam’s announcement last year that Juneteenth would become a paid holiday for state employees.
Williams also helped organize Something in the Water, a music festival at the Oceanfront, which debuted in 2019.
But he said the event would not return in 2022 with a letter to Virginia Beach city officials in October.
The letter attributed his decision to the city’s “toxic energy” and what he described as the city’s failure to take a stand on the fatal **** of his cousin **** Lynch by a Virginia Beach police officer earlier this year.
In addition to conferring degrees for nearly 400 students at the ceremony, NSU will also award Williams a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree.
To attend the ceremony, all invited guests must have a ticket, which is provided by their prospective graduate, according to a release from the university.
NSU also requires attendees either provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the commencement ceremony.
Julianna Morano, 323-553-2644, firstname.lastname@example.org
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