10 Black Celebrities Delivering Commencement Speeches At HBCUs This Year 

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From Laila Ali to Janelle Monae, it's safe to say that the graduation speakers at historically Black colleges and universities this year are lit!

Mariya Moseley Apr, 21, 2017

1 of 10 Kris Connor

President Barack Obama Adviser and Civic Leader Valerie Jarrett will deliver the 2017 commencement speech at Spelman College. 

2 of 10 Johnny Nunez/BET

Professional boxer, television personality and author Laila Ali will deliver the 2017 commencement speech at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. 

3 of 10 Walter McBride

Actress, singer and stage director Phylicia Rashad will deliver the 2017 commencement speech at The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. 

4 of 10 Gary Friedman

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris will deliver the 2017 commencement speech at Howard University. She is also an alumna of the Washington D.C. university. 

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Imeh Akpanudosen

Radio host/philanthropist Tom Joyner will deliver the 2017 commencement speech at Tennessee State University & Shaw University. 

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Christopher Polk

Mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose real-life story was told in the hit film "Hidden Figures", will deliver the 2017 commencement speech at Hampton University. 

7 of 10 Jon Kopaloff

Music artist/actress Janelle Monae will deliver the 2017 commencement speech at Dillard University.

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Bakari Sellers, who made history by becoming the youngest Black elected official in the nation, will will deliver the 2017 commencement speech at Winston-Salem State University. 

9 of 10 Cheriss May

Jennifer Benjamin Pinckney will deliver the 2017 commencement speech at Central State University.

She is the widow of Senator Clementa Pinckney who was one of nine killed in 2015 by a white supremacist at a Charleston, South Carolina church. 

10 of 10 Bryan Steffy

ESPN Sportscenter anchor Jay Harris will deliver the 2017 commencement speech at Alcorn State University.