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Commencement Convocation

You are
Cordially Invited
to the
Huston-Tillotson University
Commencement Convocation
Saturday, May 11, 2019
8:30 a.m.
The Huston-Tillotson Athletic Field
900 Chicon Street
Austin, Texas 78702

Michele Thornton Ghee Named Huston-Tillotson University’s 2019 Commencement Convocation Speaker

AUSTIN, TX (4.23.19) – Michele Thornton Ghee, Executive Vice President of Business Development for Endeavor Global Marketing, will render the Huston-Tillotson University Commencement Convocation address on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 8:30 a.m.  The ceremony will held on the Huston-Tillotson University athletic field, located at 900 Chicon Street.  This year’s 2019 graduates arrived four years ago when President and Chief Executive Officer Colette Pierce Burnette was hired, making this an even more heartfelt commencement ceremony.

Commencement Convocation occurs in conjunction with Huston-Tillotson University’s Honors Convocation and Reunion Weekend 2019 activities. Honors Day Convocation, recognizing students who have earned high academic honors, is scheduled on Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m. at Greater Mt. Zion Church, located at 4301 Tannehill Ln, Austin, Texas. Reunion Weekend activities begin on Thursday, May 9 at the Holiday Inn Midtown and continue through Saturday.  Registration and packet information is online at In addition to the ceremony for the 2019 graduates, HT’s 50th year Class of 1969 will be honored at the graduation program and throughout the weekend festivities in addition to members of classes ending in 9s and 4s.

“The commencement ceremony is such a proud moment in the life of the University filled with happiness and gratitude for the graduates who have worked so hard to earn their college degree,” said Burnette.  “I am confident that the members of the ‘genius generation’ entering the workforce, graduate school, or creating their businesses, will make great future impacts.”

Ghee has managed over a billion dollars in revenue for some of the biggest media companies in the world, her work with Endeavor network which includes talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment LLC, fashion and sports pioneer, International Management Group, UFC, among others. Ghee and her team work to help brands better leverage cultural relevance of the world around them while creating programs that connect to consumers while delivering measurable brand and business value.

Ghee has authored two books: Stratechic: Life and Career Winning Strategies for Women and Stratechic 2.0: Her Plan, Her Power, Her Purpose.  After losing her dad to cancer in 1997, Ghee decided to go back to school and received her Bachelor of Arts from Golden Gate University at the age of 30.  Ghee has worked for CNN, A&E, The History Channel and The Weather Channel.  She began her career at SBC Communications in Oakland, California. Over a 20-year career she has honed her skills in the following areas: leadership, culture, strategy, revenue generation, and relationship building.  She was instrumental in the rebranding of Centric as ‘The First Network Designed for Black Women’ and then again into BET Her.

For more information about Reunion Weekend 2019, Honors, or Commencement Convocations, call 512.505.3006, or visit the Web site at  Convocations are open to the public. Charter buses will leave the Huston-Tillotson University campus on Friday at 8:15 a.m. to transport from the campus to Greater Mt. Zion Church.  Event parking is located on Chalmers Avenue.  For commencement updates and highlights, visit