Award-winning and multifaceted journalist Roland S. Martin will be the Commencement speaker at Central State University located in Wilberforce, Ohio on May 4.

Martin is a nationally syndicated columnist and a commentator for TV One Cable Network who has won numerous awards, including regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television News Directors and top reporting honors from the National Association of Black Journalists.

He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism.

About Central State University:

Founded in 1887, Central State University academically prepares students with diverse backgrounds and educational needs for leadership and service in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world.


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Tommy G. Meade Jr.
Tommy G. Meade Jr. is the editor-in-chief of HBCU Buzz, the leading source of HBCU news, where he writes on a wide variety of topics, from HBCU culture and entertainment, sports and technology to black college history, Greek life, politics and the African diaspora. Formerly, he was a Staff Writer of HBCU Buzz and a corps member at City Year. His work has appeared in Black Enterprise, and on other leading HBCU outlets. He is an alum of Central State University and is a proud member Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. He lives in Columbus.