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N.C. Rep. H.M. “Mickey” Michaux Jr. to Address Graduates

North Carolina House Rep. H.M. “Mickey” Michaux Jr.

North Carolina House Rep. H.M. “Mickey” Michaux Jr. will deliver the keynote address for the 132nd Commencement Exercises at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) on Dec. 8, 2018. The ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. in McDougald-McLendon Arena.

The university will award approximately 680 graduates of the university’s doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and professional programs. The number of graduates makes this class among the largest for a December graduation ceremony at the university.

NCCU will recognize Timothy Adekoya as the sixth graduate of its Ph.D. program in Integrated Biosciences. After earning a bachelor’s in pharmacy and master’s in clinical pharmacy from the University of Lagos in Nigeria, Adekoya relocated to the United States to pursue a Master in Biotechnology at Middle Tennessee State University and his doctorate at NCCU. His dissertation is entitled “Role of activator of G-protein signaling 3 (AGS3) in tumorigenesis.”

Michaux was first elected to serve in the N.C. House of Representatives from 1972 to 1977 and was re-elected in 1984, serving until his retirement at the end of the 2018 session. He was the longest serving member in the N.C House of Representatives of the N.C. General Assembly.

Among his many notable achievements as a lawmaker were advocacy and support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and protection of voting rights. 

In 1977, he was named by former President Jimmy Carter as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, the first African-American to serve in that position in the South.

Born in Durham, N.C., Michaux attended NCCU (then North Carolina College), receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1952 and a juris doctorate with honors in 1964. He completed further graduate work was in business administration and economics at NCCU and in psychology and biochemistry at Rutgers University.

Michaux is a former member of the NCCU Board of Trustees, NCCU Foundation Inc. Board of Directors and served for three terms as the national president of the NCCU Alumni Association.

For more information on the 132nd Commencement Exercises, please visit www.nccu.edu/commencement.

 

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