Tom Joyner is set to be the Commencement Speaker for Spring 2018

Penelope Blackwell

Radio personality, Tom Joyner, has been announced to keynote Morgan State University’s Spring 2018 commencement.

The announcement was sent to the student body in a campus-wide email Monday.

According to the announcement, Joyner will also receive an honorary degree.

“We are very excited to have Tom Joyner, one of the biggest supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their mission, join us on such an auspicious and joyful occasion,” said University President David Wilson in the email. “Morgan has enjoyed a longtime relationship with Mr. Joyner by way of our involvement with the Tom Joyner Foundation. Having him come to our campus as the Spring Commencement speaker adds yet another layer to that ongoing relationship.

“His message — how he used the education he received at an HBCU to prepare and propel him into becoming the successful ‘hardest working man in radio’ — should resonate with our students, inspiring them to go out into the world to accomplish great things,” Wilson added in the email.

Joyner, also known to listeners as “The Fly Jock,” been in broadcasting for almost five decades after graduating from Tuskegee University, an HBCU, earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Joyner launched “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” into a national syndication in 1994. He is well known for his dedicated philanthropy and community activism. Joyner created the Tom Joyner Foundation to help retain students in HBCUs.

Commencement is scheduled for May 19 at Morgan State’s Hughes Stadium.