Tamron Hall, Stephanie G. Adams Selected Keynote Speakers at N.C. A&T 2024 Commencement

by Xara Aziz
Left: Twitter @tamronhall/Right: The Alumni Times

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has announced that talk show host and journalist Tamron Hall and Class of ’88 alumna Stephanie G. Adams will deliver keynote remarks during the Spring 2024 Commencement at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Hall currently serves as executive producer and host of “The Tamron Hall Show,” a nationally syndicated program that airs weekdays at 2pm ET.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism from Temple University, where she now serves on the board of trustees. Her groundbreaking achievements include making history in 2014 as the first African American female co-host of NBC’s TODAY. Renowned for her journalistic prowess, Hall has garnered a plethora of prestigious awards, including two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host and Gracie Awards from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation in 2020 and 2022. She was also honored with inclusion on the esteemed Variety500 list in 2022 and has been nominated for numerous accolades, including 13 Daytime Emmy Awards, four NAACP Image Awards, a GLAAD Media Award, and an Iris Award.

In addition to her remarkable career in broadcast journalism, Hall is also an accomplished author. Her novel, “As the Wicked Watch,” released on Oct. 26, 2021, as the inaugural installment in her critically acclaimed “Jordan Manning” mystery series, quickly became an Editor’s Pick on Amazon. Furthermore, Hall hosts Court TV’s original true-crime series “Someone They Knew with Tamron Hall.”

Driven by personal experiences, particularly a loss due to domestic violence, Hall has emerged as a formidable advocate and supporter of Safe Horizon, a national organization dedicated to aiding survivors of abuse. She is equally dedicated to raising awareness about mental health challenges among young people and the importance of seeking assistance and support.

A committed philanthropist, Hall leverages her platform to amplify marginalized voices and shed light on issues dear to her heart, leaving an indelible mark on communities worldwide. Her unwavering dedication was recognized in March 2023 during Women’s Herstory Month when she received a proclamation from the New York City Council honoring her Outstanding Service and Achievements.

Stephanie G. Adams ‘88, Ph.D will also serve as keynote speaker. Adams, the esteemed fifth dean of the University of Texas at Dallas Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, has been chosen as the keynote speaker for the upcoming graduate student ceremony on Friday, May 10, at 9 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts.

A distinguished alumna, Adams graduated with honors from N.C. A&T, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. She continued her academic journey, receiving a Master of Engineering in systems engineering from the University of Virginia in 1991, followed by a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary engineering from Texas A&M University in 1998, focusing on industrial engineering and management.

Adams’s illustrious career is marked by her leadership roles and contributions to numerous professional organizations. She has served as the president and Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education and is a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Board of Directors, among others. Additionally, Adams has held positions on the boards of various science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) organizations, including the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), the National Society of Black Engineers, Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), and the National GEM Consortium.

Her dedication to advancing the engineering profession and educational community is evident through her collaborative efforts with esteemed institutions such as the National Academy of Engineering, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and more. Adams’s commitment to building supportive educational coalitions and partnerships has been instrumental in propelling the engineering field forward and fostering a more inclusive environment for future generations.

“Dr. Adams and Ms. Hall are remarkable women whose leadership, accomplishments and commitment to service have made them role models,” Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. told NC A&T’s official publication.  “Their experiences and insight are certain to inspire our North Carolina A&T graduates and the entire Aggie community in all future endeavors.”

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