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Contact: Sam Burston
ATLANTA (May. 10, 2018)— CNN anchor and correspondent Don Lemon will deliver the 2018 Commencement Convocation at Clark Atlanta University (CAU). The ceremony will be held Monday, May 21, at 8 a.m., on the CAU campus in Panther Stadium, 735 Beckwith Street, SW. This will be the third Commencement presided by Dr. Ronald A. Johnson, the University’s fourth president.
Lemon will address nearly 10,000 guests of the CAU undergraduate and graduate students who are earning bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as specialist certifications. Lemon anchors “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,” which airs weeknights at 10 p.m. Based out of the network's New York bureau, he also serves as a correspondent across CNN/U.S. programming.
Lemon has covered many of the nation’s most captivating breaking news stories, among them the Orlando, Fla., shooting at Pulse Nightclub (2016); the Charleston, S.C., church shooting (2015); the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody (2015) ; the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. (2014); the George Zimmerman trial (2013); the Boston marathon bombing (2013); the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting (2012), the inauguration of President Barack Obama (2009); and the deaths of pop icons Whitney Houston (2012) and Michael Jackson (2009).
Lemon is known for holding politicians and public officials accountable in his "No Talking Points" segment; and he reported for CNN's documentary, “Race and Rage: The Beating of Rodney King,” which aired 20 years to the day of the beating.
He joined CNN in September 2006 after serving as a co-anchor for the 5 p.m. newscast for NBC5 News in Chicago. Prior to Chicago, he worked in New York as a correspondent for “NBC News,” “The Today Show” and “NBC Nightly News.” He also worked as an anchor on “Weekend Today” and on MSNBC, and previously served as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter for WCAU-TV in Philadelphia; an anchor and investigative reporter for KTVI-TV in St. Louis; and an anchor for WBRC-TV in Birmingham.
In 2009, Ebony named him one of the 150 most influential blacks in America. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for his coverage of the capture of the Washington, D.C., snipers; an Emmy for a special report on real estate in Chicago; and various other awards for his reporting on the AIDS epidemic in Africa and Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, he won three local Emmys for his reporting in Africa and a business feature about Craigslist, an online community.
Lemon earned a degree in broadcast journalism from Brooklyn College, where he currently serves on the board of trustees, and he also attended Louisiana State University. He is the author of Transparent, his memoir published in 2011.
CAU will award honorary degrees to Lemon; former vice president for the United Negro College Fund and higher education advocate, Billye Suber Aaron (a 1960 graduate of one of CAU’s parent institutions, Atlanta University); and CAU alumnus Kenya Barris, creator of the critically acclaimed ABC television series, “Black-ish.”Category: Ceremonials
Keywords: Don Lemon, CAU Commencement 2018