St. Augustine's to award first ‘university’ diplomas

From staff reportsMay 2, 2013 

— St. Augustine’s University will kick off the Triangle college commencement season on Sunday with a historic milestone.

About 220 students will graduate Sunday morning in an outdoor ceremony on the main campus quadrangle. They will be the first graduating class to earn diplomas from St. Augustine’s University, which changed its name from St. Augustine’s College last year.

The St. Aug’s commencement speaker is Cynthia Marshall, senior vice president of human resources at AT&T’s corporate headquarters.

Previously Marshall was AT&T’s top executive in North Carolina and has been with the company for more than 30 years. She was the first African American to lead the board of the N.C. Chamber of Commerce. A cancer survivor, Marshall chronicled her fight with colon cancer in an online journal in 2011 when she took a leave of absence for treatment.

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