Susan L. Taylor

Former Essence Editor-in-Chief Emerita Susan L. Taylor will serve as Cheyney’s commencement speaker.

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Former Essence Editor-in-Chief Susan L. Taylor will speak at Cheyney University’s commencement.

“For more than a century, Cheyney’s leadership has worked with passion and dedication to educate and create the best post-graduation successes for its students,” Taylor said in a statement. “A mentee of mine, who was in deep crises, is among the multitudes of young people who have benefited from the nurturing support the university provides its students. It is my honor to return to Cheyney to congratulate and inspire the May 2019 graduating class.”

Taylor, who also started the National CARES Mentoring Movement and authored of the book “In the Spirit,” served as the leader of Essence for 27 years and is currently the editor-in-chief emerita.

“We are extremely honored that Susan Taylor accepted our invitation,” said Cheyney University President Aaron Walton in a statement. “This is an individual who gave up her position in one of the highest echelons of journalism to devote her life to building an organization whose mission is to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty among African Americans.”

Walton added, “She is an ideal messenger to address our graduates as they prepare their impact on society.”

Taylor said she plans to tell Cheyney graduates to “have faith in the goodness of life, and to realize that when we strive to be kind and loving and true to our purpose, and leave our world better than we found it, everything we need to succeed in doing the work of life is given.”

Last year, Irwin Clark spoke at the college’s graduation. Clark, a two-time graduate of Cheyney, is the vice president of economic development and dean of the Newton campus at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

This year’s ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, in the Marian Anderson Music Center Auditorium on campus.

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