For Immediate Release
April 27, 2015
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Jessica Garrett Modkins
T: 305.970.1518

Dionne Anderson
T: 786.285.0294


US Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, will provide a call to action for tomorrow's leaders

(BLACK PR WIRE) -- MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA –Florida Memorial University is pleased to announce that it will host the 2015 Spring Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. at the Florida Memorial University Clock Tower Promenade, 15800 N.W. 42 Avenue, Miami Gardens. The Ceremony will include a processional and recessional along the promenade. It will be laced with International flags representing the homeland of student candidates.

The speaker for the commencement ceremony is United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. Secretary Johnson was sworn in on December 23, 2013 as the fourth Secretary of Homeland Security. Prior to joining DHS, Secretary Johnson served as General Counsel for the Department of Defense, where he was part of the senior management team and led the more than 10,000 military and civilian lawyers across the Department.

As General Counsel of the Defense Department, Secretary Johnson oversaw the development of the legal aspects of many of our nation’s counterterrorism policies, spearheaded reforms to the military commissions system at Guantanamo Bay in 2009, and co-authored the 250-page report that paved the way for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010.

According to Florida Memorial University President, Dr. Roslyn Artis, “we are honored to have Secretary Johnson as our featured speaker to give this year’s commencement address. I think it is important for our student body to see role models such as Secretary Johnson. He will be able to impart wisdom that will be unprecedented and call them to action.“

During the Commencement Ceremony of over 200 students, anhonorary degree of Humane Letters will be presented to Fedrick Ingram, the President of the United Teachers of Dade. For more information about the Commencement Ceremonies, please contact Florida Memorial University, 305-626-3000.

About Florida Memorial University:
Located in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida Memorial University is a private, historically Black institution that offers 42 undergraduate degree programs and four graduate degree programs to a culturally diverse student body. Since its inception in 1879, the University has upheld a commitment to provide a solid foundation for thousands of young people and to open doors to educational opportunities that may have otherwise been closed to them. As South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU), it is widely recognized as the birthplace of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” For more information, call 305-626-3600 or visit

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