More than 1,100 students are expected to receive degrees at the ceremonies Friday and Saturday.
Leonard Moore, a 1993 JSU graduate in history, will speak Friday night to students receiving master’s and doctoral degrees at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. Moore is a professor of American history and interim vice president for diversity and community engagement at the University of Texas at Austin.
An Ohio native, Moore earned a master’s degree at Cleveland State University and a doctoral degree at Ohio State University.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba will speak Saturday to undergraduates receiving their degrees at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.