Hiram Eric Jackson to serve as commencement speaker


Staff Report, The Hornet Tribune

Alabama State University will host its Spring 2022 Commencement Convocation on May 6 (Friday) at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
The keynote speaker for the in-person event is Hiram Eric Jackson, an entrepreneur and philanthropist who has a 30-year track record of success in business and community activism.
Jackson is the chief executive officer of Real Times Media (RTM), a multimedia company headquartered in Detroit, Mich. His company is one of the nation’s leading creators of African-American content that comprises eight websites, spanning across multiple media platforms.
In addition to its digital platform, the company annually executes more than 50 events that showcase Black excellence across the nation.
Jackson serves on numerous Detroit-area and national boards, including the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, NAACP, Automotive Hall of Fame and the National Newspaper Publishers Association.
Jackson earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations and is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
“The commencement ceremonies will be ticketed events,” said Carl S. Pettis, provost and vice president for academic affairs, who also serves as the chairman of the commencement committee.
“Each graduate will be given 10 tickets to share with their family, friends and supporters. We did increase the number of tickets this year; however, we are still observing relevant COVID protocols.”
The commencement ceremonies will be held in two sessions. The first session begins at 8:45 a.m. and the second one begins at 1:45 p.m.
The 8:45 a.m. ceremony will be held to honor the following graduation classifications: Golden Class of 1972, Harold Lloyd Murphy Graduate School, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of Education and College of Visual and Performing Arts, and University College.
The 1:45 p.m. ceremony will include the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, the Percy J. Vaughn, Jr. College of Business Administration, and the College of Health Sciences Performing Arts.