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Grambling community inspired by Founders Day Convocation

Keynote speaker Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond and President Rick Gallot inspired students at Tuesday’s convocation. GSU Media Relations/Courtesy photo

On Sept. 20 Founders Day convocation was held in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond was the keynote speaker. Jackson-Hammond made history at Central State University, becoming the first woman president at the university. She also is a Thurgood Marshall College Fund Board Member. 

President Jackson-Hammond’s experience in educational leadership spans more than 30 years and includes faculty status and tenured professorships. 

Prior to her presidency at Central State, Jackson-Hammond served as Provost at Coppin State University. 

“Dr. Jackson-Hammond’s work is an example of the impact a public servant can make by leading with purpose and vision,” said President Rick Gallot. 

“We are grateful to have an alumna of her caliber share as we celebrate those whose visionary work paved the way for today’s success.” 

Jackson-Hammond received a doctorate degree in Higher Education from Grambling State University, an Education Specialist degree in Counseling Education from the University of Louisiana-Monroe, a master’s degree in Communications from the University of Louisiana-Monroe, and a bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University in English and Communications. 

The Convocation was part of the University’s week-long 118th anniversary celebration.