Award-winning journalist, entrepreneur and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien will be the keynote speaker for Spelman College’s spring commencement on May 18.
O’Brien, a former CNN anchor, is best known for her “Black in America” and “Latino in America” series developed during her tenure at the television news network. She is the CEO of Starfish Media Group, a media production company and distributor. Along with her husband, O’Brien also founded the Starfish Foundation to help young women reach their higher education goals. Foundation recipient Tyreiron Segue will be one of the 500 graduates receiving undergraduate degrees.
Spelman will also award honorary degrees to O’Brien and Wanda Austin, president and CEO of The Aerospace Corp.. Human rights lawyer and activist Malika Saada Saar will receive the National Community Service Award.
Commencement will begin at 3 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center.