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Clyburn to deliver commencement address as Voorhees University graduates 95 students

Denmark, S.C. – South Carolina Congressman James E. Clyburn will deliver the commencement address when approximately 95 students graduate from Voorhees University, Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m. The commencement convocation will be in the Leonard E. Dawson Center. The overflow space will be the Massachusetts Hall auditorium.

Clyburn is the majority whip and the third-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves as chairman of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, the Rural Broadband Task Force and the Democratic Faith Working Group.                                                                                                   

Representing the sixth congressional district of South Carolina, Clyburn has served in Congress since 1993. He has served as co-president of his congressional freshman class, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, vice chairman and later chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, majority whip and assistant democratic leader.

Clyburn is a champion of rural and economic development, historic preservation and restoration, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is a graduate of South Carolina State University.

A Sumter, South Carolina native, Clyburn is grounded in family, faith and public service, due to his father’s commitment as an activist and minister and his mother’s sense of independence and civic-mindedness. His memoir, Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black, was published in 2015.

He is the father of three daughters and a grandfather of four. He and his late wife, Emily England Clyburn, were married 58 years.

Prior to the commencement convocation, a baccalaureate service will be Friday, May 6 at 6 p.m. in St. Philip’s Chapel on the Voorhees University Campus.

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About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at


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