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Texas Southern University
News Release
Saturday, December 02, 2017

Gospel superstar, TSU alumna Yolanda Adams to serve as Winter Commencement speaker 

HOUSTON – Yolanda Adams, a Grammy Award-winning Gospel singer, will address graduates at Texas Southern University’s Winter Commencement on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

"It is an honor and privilege to encourage our fall graduates on their special day. To graduate from a university is an undertaking that requires skill, discipline and perseverance until the desired outcome is met. I am proud to officially speak hope and positivity into their dreams,” Ms. Adams said. 

Adams has claimed five Grammy Awards and a host of Stellar, Dove and NAACP Image awards during her 29-year career. She has earned other accolades from Billboard, BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), BET (Black Entertainment Television), as well as American Music and Soul Train Music awards. Adams has recorded numerous Gospel hits, including Be Blessed, Open My Heart, The Battle is the Lord’s, Hold On, Be Still, Continuous Praise, and many others.

Adams graduated from Texas Southern in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She went on to serve as an elementary school teacher in her native Houston before starting an illustrious music career in 1988. TSU is proud to welcome her back home.




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