146th Annual Commencement

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson to deliver HU Commencement Address

Hampton, Va. - Hampton University is pleased to announce Author and Political Analyst Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will serve as the University’s 146th Commencement speaker on May 8, 2016. Commencement will be held at Armstrong Stadium at 10 a.m.   

Named by Essence magazine as one of the 50 most inspiring African Americans in the U.S., Dyson is one of the nation's most renowned public intellectuals, and he has revitalized the title with the fervor of an ordained Baptist minister. Called “a street fighter in a suit and tie,” he takes on the toughest and most controversial issues of the day, including race, politics and pop culture, with his fearless and fiery rhetoric.

An MSNBC political analyst and former host of NPR’s “The Michael Eric Dyson Show,” Dyson is also an best-selling and award-winning author. His speeches and books both provide some of the most significant commentary on modern social and intellectual thought today, interwoven with a combination of cultural criticism, race theory, religion, philosophical reflection and gender studies. Works such as "Making Malcolm X;" "I May Not Get There with You;" "Holler if You Hear Me;" and "Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye" deeply probe social themes and cultural politics.

A popular professor of sociology at Georgetown University, Dyson is a speaker that will never bore audiences; his presentations are thought-provoking, unwavering and foster social change. His excitement on the topics he speaks on, which include the sociology of hip hop, and Dr. King for the 21st Century, among others—is contagious.

For more information on Commencement visit commencement.hamptonu.edu.