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Congresswoman Alma Adams

Representing the 12th District of North Carolina


Adams Delivers 159th Commencement Address at Lincoln University, Awarded Honorary Degree

May 7, 2018
Press Release

Charlotte, N.C.—Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus, delivered the commencement address at Lincoln University’s 159th commencement. During the ceremony, Congresswoman Adams was honored with the presentation of an honorary degree from the university. Since founding the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus in 2015, Rep. Adams has been awarded four honorary degrees.

“As a two time HBCU graduate, an HBCU educator of forty years, and the founder of the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus, I know the value that an HBCU education brings to a young person’s life,” said Congresswoman Adams. “The Lincoln Lions have a rich history of academic excellence that was evident this weekend as we welcomed the next generation of entrepreneurs and thought leaders into the workforce. Thank you to President Allen for inviting me to campus and for awarding me with an honorary degree. It is my pleasure to share in this joyous occasion with the Lincoln family.”

“We were excited to hear from Congresswoman Alma Adams at this year’s Commencement ceremony,” said Lincoln University President Brenda A. Allen. “Throughout her career, she has been a champion of economic and social equality and a champion of education. Her dedication to public service is an inspiration to our new alumni.”

Congresswoman Adams is the founder of the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus which includes 75 members in both the House and the Senate. Adams graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in 1968 and received her master’s degree in Art Education in 1972. She earned her Ph.D. in Art Education and Multicultural Education from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 1981. Prior to coming to Congress, Adams taught at Bennett College in Greensboro for forty years.

Lincoln University is the United States' first degree-granting historically black university. Founded as a private university in 1854, it has been a public institution since 1972. Its main campus is located on 422 acres near the town of Oxford in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. The university has a second location in University City, Philadelphia. Lincoln University provides undergraduate and graduate coursework to approximately 2,000 students. The University is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.