Ceremony III - May 7, 2022 - 1:00-3:00pm ET

Degrees offered by the following departments and programs:

African American Studies; Anthropology and Urban Sustainability; Asian Studies; Classics; Creative Writing; Employment and Labor Relations; English; Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies; German; Global Studies; History; Industrial and Organizational Psychology; Labor Studies; Language Learning; Linguistics; Modern Languages; Near Eastern Languages; Peace and Conflict Studies; Philosophy; Psychology; Romance Languages; Slavic Studies; Sociology; Urban Planning; Urban Studies

 

Schools

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Speaker

Skye Taylor

Skye Taylor

Skye Taylor is graduating with a bachelor of science in psychology with departmental honors and a minor in public health from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Taylor was born in Detroit and, at the age of 11, moved to Beverly Hills, where her journey started and she began to grow and fight for her dreams. The move to Beverly Hills encouraged Taylor to quickly adapt to the change in culture. She was now in an environment where everyone around her did not look like her or have the same experiences that she did. The first year was a struggle, but as she became acclimated to the world around her, things became easier. After graduating from high school, Taylor returned to Detroit to pursue her education at Wayne State.

An active student on campus, Taylor has served as vice president of Tau Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.; community service chair of the Black Student Union; and the community relations manager for the African American Psychology Student Organization. She is also a ReBUILD Scholar, McNair Scholar, MARC Scholar and SURGE Scholar. Her active impact on campus has allowed her to take the steps needed to pursue her dreams.

Taylor feels the opportunity to help others and work toward her goals would not have been possible without the support of her mentors at Wayne State. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology

Honorary degrees

Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony

Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony

Wayne State University awards the Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony for his distinguished career as a spiritual leader and community activist.

A native of St. Louis, Rev. Anthony earned a bachelor of arts in political science from Wayne State and a master of arts in pastoral ministry from Marygrove College.

Rev. Anthony became the pastor of Fellowship Chapel in 1986. Under his leadership, the church experienced the greatest growth in its 56-year history. He is a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors and is serving his 15th term as president of the Detroit Branch NAACP, the organization’s largest branch. He founded the Freedom Institute for Economic, Social Justice and People Empowerment, a nonprofit think tank.

Stevland Hardaway Morris

Stevland Hardaway Morris

Wayne State University awards the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, to Stevland Hardaway Morris, in recognition of his contributions as an iconic musician and to honor his advocacy for civil rights and the disabled community.

A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Morris has struggled with visual impairment his entire life. He started his musical career as the child prodigy Little Stevie Wonder. Today,

Morris is one of the world’s best-selling musicians, with more than 100 million records sold. Morris has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Civil Rights Museum and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. He led the 18-year effort to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national holiday, and his fight against racial injustice continues with his support for Black Lives Matter.