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Shaw University to Host Fall 2022 Opening Convocation, Sept. 22 with N.C. House Rep. James Roberson as the Keynote Speaker

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Shaw University to Host Fall 2022 Opening Convocation, Sept. 22 with N.C. House Rep. James Roberson as the Keynote Speaker
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Fall 2022 Opening Convocation

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Shaw University will hold its Fall 2022 Opening Convocation on campus for new and first-year students in the C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, at 11 a.m. Convocation is an opportunity for the campus community to gather to welcome students, faculty and staff; honor the university’s heritage, and prepare for the upcoming academic year. 

Representative James Roberson presently serves in the North Carolina House as a Representative for District 39, representing Northeast Wake County. He also is the recipient of the “Order of The Long Leaf Pine,” award for his 31 years of service at Wake Technical Community College. This is the highest award for state service conferred by the Governor of North Carolina to individuals who have shown extraordinary service to the State and their communities. Most recently, The Greater Raleigh National Pan Hellenic Council awarded Representative Roberson “The Gus Witherspoon” award for outstanding contributions and leadership to the community in the area of Politics.  

Roberson is originally from Wilson, North Carolina, and is a graduate of Hunt High School. His educational background includes a B.A. in Communications from Shaw University and a master’s degree in Media and Library Science from North Carolina Central University.

Dr. Paulette Dillard, President of Shaw University, said: “We are so pleased that North Carolina House Representative James Roberson has decided to join us to impart his words of wisdom and to share inspiration with our students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Shaw family is united in welcoming our alum James Roberson back to Shaw University for our Opening Convocation ceremony.” 

Shaw University, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, is the first historically Black institution of higher education founded in North Carolina and is among the oldest in the nation. The University was founded in 1865 by Henry Martin Tupper. Dr. Paulette Dillard currently serves as the University’s 18th President. For more information, visit:

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