Clark Atlanta University’s 2018 Opening Convocation Focuses on Innovation


ATLANTA, GA —  Opening Convocation formally marks the beginning of the academic year. It reminds us of our long legacy spanning back more than 150 years, beginning with our parent institutions, Atlanta University founded in 1865 and Clark University – which became Clark College -- founded in 1869.  This occasion highlights the outstanding student groups at the university and recognizes the sophomore and junior class members who are well on their way toward commencement day. This years’ Convocation fell on September 11th and the University took pride in recognizing the CAU first responders, members of the campus Public Safety Division, and members of the Atlanta Police Dept and the Atlanta Fire Department located within the district of the University. 

The speaker for the 2018 Fall Convocation was James “Jay” Bailey, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Russell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Committed to living by his personal motto, “Build As We Climb”, change agent, thought leader and emerging philanthropist, James M. Bailey has dedicated his life to serving others.

The legacy of Clark Atlanta University is important as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the University’s Consolidation of Clark College and Atlanta University.



About Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is a comprehensive, private, urban, coeducational institution of higher education with a predominantly African-American heritage. It offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees as well as certificate programs to students of diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Clark Atlanta was established in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University (1865), the nation's first graduate school for African Americans, and Clark College (1869), the nation's first four-year liberal arts institution to serve a predominantly African-American undergraduate student population. 

Today, Clark Atlanta is one of the nation's foremost research institutions, offering students from around the United States and several foreign countries the opportunity to engage in 38 exciting areas of study at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.  Located in the historic heart of Atlanta, one of the world's great international cities, our nearly 3,500 students enjoy access academic and co-curricular experiences, from forensic debate, to on-air broadcasting, to cancer research with world-renowned investigators.  From the arts to zoology, CAU combines nearly 300 years of tradition with a solid focus on academic excellence to produce leaders who will shape the future of the global community.