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Commencement Information

Congratulations on your matriculation at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff ! To ensure a smooth transition to the world of work, be sure that you have completed the clearance process. If you have any questions, please contact us at 870-575-8487.

The University hosts two commencements per academic year: one during the Fall semester in December; and one during the Spring semester in May. The next commencement exercise is scheduled for December 12, 2014  in the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The procession of the graduating class will begin at 9:45 a.m. Commencement attendees should plan to arrive by 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Address

Jeff Johnson | Award-winning journalist, strategist and thought leader

Currently Johnson is a partner and Chief of Strategy & Planning for Baltimore based branding firm Illume Communications. In this role he provides strategic insight and messaging consulting to clients in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Johnson has maximized his expertise in communications, grassroots mobilization, political campaigns, youth engagement, and strategic consulting to create a unique career committed to developing solutions and systemic change.

Johnson works with clients to develop strategy, solutions, and content that merge effective tradition with innovative methodology for the purpose of positive transformative change and market impact. He has a gift of creating non-traditional partnerships and progressive eco-systems by utilizing meaningful relationships developed in the entertainment, non-profit, and government sectors.

A former BET host and producer and an MSNBC contributor, Jeff also served as National Director for the Youth & College Division of the NAACP and held an appointment by Russell Simmons as the Vice President of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN).  He currently provides regular content on and the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show.

Jeff has committed much of his personal and professional life to the development of young people and continues to support youth leadership all over the country. He serves on several boards including the Morehouse Research Institute, Cleveland State University School of Urban Affairs, and the historic Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, OH. Jeff is the honored husband of Jacqueline and the proud father of Madison, Myles, and Malcolm.