Academics - Fri, Apr. 29, 2016
 
Wiley College will hold its 127th Baccalaureate and Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 10 a.m. in the Alumni Gymnasium.
 
The keynote speaker for Wiley's Commencement will be Mr. Ryan  Mack, Market President, 
Commencement Keynote Speaker Ryan Mack
Mid-Atlantic Region, Operation Hope, Inc.
 
Wiley senior  Miss Shelby Collymore will share reflections during the ceremony. She is a  biology major who will graduate from Wiley with highest honors and begin medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in the fall.  
 
Dr. Sarah Honeycutt, Instructor of English, will receive the 2016 Exemplary Faculty Award.The Grand Marshall will be Dr. Truby Clayton, Professor of Music Education.   The Faculty Marshal will be Mr. Samuel Tabi, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems. Dr. Alice Ajanga, Assistant Professor of Education, will lead the class of 2016 as the Senior Class Marshall. Dr. Honeycutt will be the Platform Party Marshall.
  
Commencement Candidate Shelby Collymore will share reflections at the ceremony.
Dr. Sarah Honeycutt will receive the 2016 Exemplary Faculty Award.
The name readers at Wiley's commencement ceremony will be Ms. Jane Munksgaard, Instructor of Mass Communications, and Mrs. Lisa Taylor, Assistant Professor of Education.
 
 Speaker Ryan Mack has a life mission to build and develop a durable financial empire geared toward educating his community and beyond.  Mr. Mack graduated from the University of Michigan Business School (ranked number one in the country) with a concentration in Finance. 
 
 In addition to being a financial advisor working with many prominent clients across the U.S., he charitably lends his support to inner-city communities by coordinating workshops and creating economic empowerment initiatives that teach the principles and importance of understanding the power of financial literacy. 
  
Unions, churches, government-subsidized housing communities, municipal programs, nonprofits, inner-city organizations, international communities, and especially colleges and universities have benefited from the financial workshops/programs that he has developed and instructed through Optimum Capital Management.
 
As a renowned public speaker, he has provided keynote presentations to institutions and organizations across the country such as Harvard University, Columbia University, Princeton University, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Association of Real Estate Brokers, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Basketball Association, and Microsoft Corporation.
 
With a strong sense of philanthropy, he flew to South Africa to teach economic empowerment principles to those in need. He can be viewed regularly on television networks such as GMTV, CNBC, CNN, Thomson Reuters, and BET discussing economic and/or social issues that impact American citizens. 
 
Mack authored the book "Living in the Village"; has been profiled in Tavis Smiley's "Covenant and Action,"  and co-authored a book with Kevin Powell entitled "The Black Male Handbook." He has been featured in Black Enterprise, African American Family, The Source, and NV Magazine.  He contributes regularly to Huffingtonpost.com, The Network Journal, Fortune, Ebony, Essence, and Black Enterprise. Mack received the Top 40 Under 40 Achievement Award from The Network Journal and Tom Joyner's "Hardest Working Financial Advisor Award" because of his efforts to empower the community with crucial financial literacy life skills. 
 
Whether he is counseling a group of doctors at a convention or in Rikers Island providing a free course, Ryan Mack's comprehensive, exciting approach to teaching economic empowerment to persons from all income levels has generated a level of much-needed interest in a volatile economy.
 
There are 202 candidates for graduation in the Class of 2016. Wiley College anticipates that Alumni Gymnasium will fill quickly to its capacity to seat 1,800, as more than 2,000 family members and friends are expected to attend the commencement ceremony to celebrate the special day with the candidates.  Overflow seating will be available in the Julius S. Scott Sr. Chapel, where the ceremony will be streamed live on two screens.