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Anton Gunn, US State Department of
HHS-Region 4, Commencement Speaker for Morris Brown College

On Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 4:00 p.m., Morris Brown College will hold its commencement exercises at Allen Temple AME Church, located at 1625 Joseph E. Boone Blvd, NW. Among the thirty-eight students, who make up the 2011 graduating class, will be the first fifteen students graduating from the on-line program with an Organizational Management and Leadership Degree.

The commencement speaker will be Regional Director Anton Gunn, U.S. State Department of Health and Human Services, Region IV. Gunn was appointed to this position in 2010 by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Region IV is HHS's largest region in population and domestic geography which includes the state of Georgia and other southern states. Before joining HHS, Gunn served in the South Carolina House of Representatives; he was the first African American elected to represent SC's District 79. His outstanding work in the nation, and specifically the south, afforded him the honor of being named one of Top Ten Leaders in the Rural South by the Southern Rural Development Initiative in 2006. For nearly a decade, Mr. Gunn was a strong leader as the state director of the nonprofit consumer advocacy group, South Carolina Fair Share, where he fought for guaranteed affordable health care.

An Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree will be awarded to Marvin R. King, Sr. Professor and Director of TRIO for 40 years. The reunion classes of 1951, 1961, and 1971 will be honored during the commencement program.

President Stanley Pritchett commented, "To say that the Morris Brown College Board of Trustees and our faculty are extremely proud of this graduating class -- especially the on-line graduates -- is a gross understatement. We take exceptional pride in the tenacity and the accomplishments of each man and woman in this 2011 graduating class. We ask that they take with them the resolve which they have learned from their matriculation at Morris Brown to keep on keeping on and to achieve against the odds that life will throw in their paths."

Anton Gunn
Anton Gunn