Southern University at New Orleans announces 2013 commencement speaker

Southern University at New Orleans announces 2013 commencement speaker
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POSTED: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 5:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 5:04am

Dr. Wayne J. Riley, native New Orleanian, advisor to President Barack Obama, and current president of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee will deliver the Southern University at New Orleans commencement address on Saturday, May 11 at 4:00 p.m., when SUNO bestows degrees on the graduating class of 2013.

The ceremonies will take place at the Keifer Lakefront Arena.
“We are proud to have Dr. Riley address our graduates this year,” said Chancellor Victor Ukpolo. “His path to success as a native of New Orleans and his tremendous accomplishments in the field of medicine will no doubt be something that everyone in the audience can learn from and be inspired by.”

More about Dr. Wayne J. Riley:

Dr. Wayne J. Riley was born and raised in New Orleans, where he graduated from Brother Martin High School. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, his master’s from Tulane University School of Health and Topical Medicine and his M.D. from the Morehouse School of Medicine. He served under former New Orleans mayor Ernest N. “Dutch” Morial from 1981 to 1986 and was the youngest person in the city’s history to serve as the mayor’s assistant for intergovernmental relations. After embarking on his medical career Dr. Riley became assistant dean at the Baylor College of Medicine in 2000. Over the next few years he spent his time serving the “indigent and uninsured” of Houston, Texas and surrounding areas. In 2007, Dr. Riley was named the president and CEO of Meharry Medical College, a historically black medical school with more than 700 students. Meharry trains nearly one quarter of all African-American physicians and dentists in the United States. In 2009 Dr. Riley was tapped by President Barack Obama’s transition team to lead the discussion regarding health disparities among minority populations.

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