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Roanoke College confers degrees upon 436 graduates at 2023 Commencement
Graduates and guests enjoyed picture-perfect weather for a ceremony that included seven valedictorians and an honorary degree recipient, American writer Nikki Giovanni.
Roanoke College prepares for 2023 Commencement
The Commencement exercises, which begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, will include the awarding of an honorary degree to poet and educator Nikki Giovanni, in addition to the recognition of seven high-achieving valedictorians.
Literary icon Nikki Giovanni to receive Roanoke College honorary degree
Giovanni, an award-winning writer and teacher who is known as one of the leading voices of the Black Arts Movement, will receive an honorary doctorate at Commencement, where she plans to read one of her poems.
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Roanoke now offers business graduate studies
Roanoke College's MBA is a 4+1 program allowing students to complete their undergraduate degree in four years and their MBA after a fifth year. It will consist of summer and regular-term courses and require 11 courses taken by yearly cohorts of 20 students.
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