The Rev. Canon Angela S. Ifill, missioner for Black Ministries for the Episcopal Church, will deliver the Baccalaureate address for the 119th commencement ceremony at Saint Paul's College in Lawrenceville, Virginia, a historically black Episcopal College.
The May 13, 11 a.m. service will begin in Saint Paul's Memorial Chapel, followed by the commencement exercises where approximately 162 degrees will be conferred.
Dr. David Satcher, director of the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities and former Surgeon General of the United States, will serve as commencement speaker
While at Saint Paul's, Ifill will also lead planning discussions for the campus symposia set for September 5-7. The two-day symposia are a project of the Office of Black Ministries and the three historically black Episcopal colleges. Voorhees College, in Denmark, South Carolina gathered in April and St. Augustine’s College, in Raleigh, North Carolina met earlier this month.
Saint Paul's College was founded by Archdeacon James Solomon Russell of the Diocese of Southern Virginia on September 24, 1888. It was named Saint Paul Normal and Industrial School and had less than 12 students. Today, 632 students are enrolled at Saint Paul's College.