Congresswoman Alma S. Adams to Speak at Commencement 2018

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Lincoln University, Pa. – Congresswoman Alma S. Adams will speak at Lincoln University’s 159th Commencement ceremony on May 6.

Dr. Alma S. Adams was elected to her second term representing the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina on November 8, 2016. After winning a special election in November 2014, Adams was sworn in immediately as the 100th woman elected to the 113th Congress.

Representative Adams sits on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, the Agriculture Committee, the Small Business Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee. She currently serves in several leadership positions including Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus, Vice Ranking Member of the Small Business Committee, and ranking member of the Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulation. The Congresswoman is the founder of the first ever Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus and she is part of the Congressional Black Caucus, among several other caucuses. Throughout her career, Representative Adams has promoted quality education for all students, such as spearheading legislation to boost funds for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, providing nutritious breakfasts in schools, and supporting increased pay for teachers.

Congresswoman Alma S. Adams will speak at Lincoln University’s 159th Commencement ceremony on May 6.

“We are honored that Congresswoman Adams — the nation’s leading Congressional advocate of Historically Black Colleges and Universities — will deliver this year’s Commencement address,” said Dr. Patricia Pierce Ramsey, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

“This will truly be a historic day with Congresswoman Adams — founder of the first ever Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus — adding to the Lincoln University legacy of ‘firsts.’ She will be the first Congresswoman upon whom a Lincoln University honorary Doctor of Humane Letters will be conferred; the degree will be conferred by the first alumna President, Dr. Brenda A. Allen and the degree will be conferred at Dr. Allen’s first Commencement as President of the University. I’m so proud to be able to be a part of this historic event.”

Congresswoman Adams earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Carolina A&T State University, a Historically Black University in Greensboro, North Carolina. She earned a Ph.D. in Art Education and Multicultural Education from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

About Commencement

Four individuals will receive honorary degrees: Congresswoman Adams; Pennsylvania Senator Vincent J. Hughes; New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver ’74; and Dr. James A. Donaldson ’61, professor emeritus at Howard University.

More than 400 students will graduate from Lincoln University at the May event with President Brenda A. Allen presiding. The ceremony will be held outside on the Living Learning Center Lawn at 10 a.m. Tickets are not required for the outdoor ceremony; however, in case of rain, tickets are required for the rain location in Manuel Rivero Hall. Baccalaureate will be held May 5 at 4 p.m. in the International Cultural Center.

For more information, visit the Commencement website. Lincoln University’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds will have images and stories about the weekend’s activities. Commencement photos will be available to download from Lincoln’s Flickr account.

Official hashtags for Commencement are #LUGrad2018 and #LincolnLegacy

Media: All members of the media who plan to attend must be registered in advance with the Office of Communications & Public Relations and pick up media credentials the day of Commencement beginning at 8 a.m. Contact Shelley Mix at or 484-365-7499.