American University of Nigeria to graduate 250 students

American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola

The university will also honour a renowned journalist.

The American University of Nigeria, AUN, Yola, will issue certificates of graduation to 250 Class of 2013 graduands with degrees in science, arts, and the humanities on May 11, 2013.

According to a release by AUN’s spokesperson, Abubakar Tahir, the University will also confer a Honourary Degree on Charlayne Hunter-Gault, a journalist and civil rights icon who will also serve as the keynote speaker at the May 11 commencement ceremonies of the American University of Nigeria.

Ms. Hunter-Gault has worked for the The New Yorker magazine, The New York Times, both of the American public broadcasting networks, PBS and NPR; and served as the Bureau Chief for CNN in South Africa. She has received two National News and Documentary Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards, one for “Apartheid’s People,” a PBS News Hour series about South African life during apartheid.

Ms. Hunter-Gault is the author of In My Place, a memoir of the United States civil rights movement that recounts her experience as the first black woman to attend the University of Georgia. Her other books are News out of Africa: Uncovering the African Renaissance and To the Mountaintop: My Journey through the Civil Rights Movement.

She also received the 1986 Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists, the 1990 Sidney Hillman Award, the American Women in Radio and Television award, the Good Housekeeping Broadcast Personality of the Year Award, and a 2004 National Association of Black Journalists Award for her CNN series on Zimbabwe. She has also received awards from Amnesty International for her human rights reporting.

“We are very proud to have Ms. Hunter-Gault serve as our keynote speaker,” said AUN President, Margee Ensign. “She is one of the most highly regarded journalists on the continent and in the United States. I believe her life of struggle, dedication to civil rights, integrity and professional success will resonate with our AUN community.”

This year’s ceremonies will be preceded by the Seniors Week (May 6-9), Honours Society Awards Dinner (May 9) and the Senior Awards Ceremony (May 10).

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