The 2011 Dillard University commencement featured the Award-winning journalist and CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien as their guest speaker. She addressed the Dillard University class of 2011  on the university’s Avenue of the Oaks.

“I am proud that this accomplished professional will share her insight with our students,” said Dillard University President Marvalene Hughes. “

Her work has had a tremendous impact on changing world views through her in-depth analysis of real-life individuals and institutions. She is among the most thorough and insightful journalists I have known. We are honored to have her as our 2011 commencement speaker.” Dillard awarded an honorary doctorate to O’Brien and Award winning Jazz Musician Irvin Mayfield during commencement. Many students were touched as she spoke, as well as the Valedictorian Jasmi Brown and the Salutatorian Jon Goodwin were both first generation college students.

WDSU covered the graduation.

By Jerome Bailey
HBCU Staff