FILE: About 240 Central State University graduates received degrees Saturday, May 6, at the 2017 Central State University Commencement at the Dayton Convention Center. University President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, center, presents diplomas. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

Former NAACP leader to speak at Central State graduation Saturday

Central State University will welcome a well-known pastor and social justice advocate as the school’s commencement speaker.

Rev. William J. Barber II will speak at Central State’s graduation ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. Barber is a former president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a social justice advocate and author, according to CSU.

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Central State will award around 200 degrees during its ceremony at the Dayton Convention Center downtown Saturday. Guests can begin arriving at the convention center at 8 a.m. and will only be admitted with tickets.

The university will also host a baccalaureate service at 5 p.m. Friday at its cultural and performing arts center on campus. Rev. Jermaine D. Covington of the St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church in Columbus will serve as the speaker for the baccalaureate service.

A reception for visitors will be held at Central State’s student center following Friday’s ceremony.

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