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Spelman College
News Release

OFFICE OF INFORMATION SERVICES
ATLANTA, GA 30314
(404) 681-3643 ext. 247, 248

May 7, 1987
Contact: TaRessa Stone 681-3643 ext. 247

SPELMAN COMMENCEMENT TO HONOR
COLLEGE'S FORMER PRESIDENT AND LEGENDARY ARTISTS

The 1987 graduating class of Spelman College will hold Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 17th at 10:00 a.m. in the Atlanta Civic Center.  The ceremony will be highlighted by keynote speaker Lena Horne and the awarding of honorary doctoral degrees to Miss Horne, former Spelman President, Donald M. Stewart, opera star, Leontyne Price and visual artist, Jacob Lawrence.  Dr. Johnetta Cole, Spelman's newly appointed President will be introduced to the College community at Commencement.

Lena Horne, who is delivering the Commencement address entitled, "What Am I Here For?", is an enduring superstar of the entertainment world, with a stellar career that spans 45 years and encompasses Harlem's famed Cotton Club, the Big Band Era, numerous Hollywood movies, the Sixties' protest era, a string of recordings, and the Broadway stage.  A native of Brooklyn, New York, Ms. Horne is well-known for her many screen

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