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Bakari Sellers, Chaz Beasley to Address NCCU Graduates

Mr. Bakari Sellers
N.C. Rep. Chaz Beasley

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will feature a keynote from political analyst and former South Carolina state legislator Bakari Sellers during the university’s graduate Commencement that will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2018, in McDougald-McLendon Arena.

N.C. Rep. Chaz Beasley will address NCCU students receiving undergraduate degrees on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 8 a.m., in O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.

Sellers, 33, became the youngest African-American elected official in the nation in 2006 when he won a seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives, defeating a longtime incumbent for the post.

Sellers was a member of President Barack Obama’s South Carolina Steering Committee in 2008 and delivered addresses at the 2008 and 2016 Democratic National Convention. Considered a rising star in the Democratic party, Sellers provides commentary for CNN and practices law with Strom Law Firm in Columbia, S.C. Sellers earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College, where he served as student body president, and holds a law degree from the University of South Carolina.

State Rep. Chaz Beasley, 32, a Democrat, was elected in 2016 to serve residents of House District 92, which includes a large portion of Mecklenburg County. He will be on the ballot for reelection in November.

Born in Statesville, N.C., Beasley attended Harvard University and Georgetown Law School, receiving his juris doctorate in 2013. He is an associate with Alston and Bird in Charlotte, where he specializes in financial transactions.

As a member of the N.C. House, he serves on a number of committees, including Banking, Commerce and Job Development, Finance and Transportation.

He is the North Carolina representative for the Millennial Action Project, a bipartisan coalition of young legislators from across the country working together address issues of mutual concern. 

For more information on NCCU’s 131st Commencement exercises, please visit: http://web.nccu.edu/commencement/.

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