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Florida Senator Arthenia Joyner to Keynote 12th FAMU College of Law Hooding Ceremony

ORLANDO, Fla. Florida Senator Arthenia Joyner, who represents the 19th District of Florida will keynote the Twelfth Annual Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law Hooding Ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  The event will take place at 10 a.m., at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, Florida.

“We are honored to have a pioneering voice for Florida civil rights and gender equality address our twelfth graduating class,” said Dean A. Felecia Epps.  With the address, Joyner becomes the first woman graduate from the original FAMU College of Law to keynote the Hooding Ceremony.

A member of the 1968 and last graduating class of the original FAMU College of Law in Tallahassee, Joyner has the distinction of being the first inductee into the FAMU College of Law’s Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed upon alumni and friends who have distinguished themselves in their profession, made significant financial and other contributions to the FAMU College of Law, or who have enlisted constituents to raise funds for or otherwise support the law school.  She was inducted into the College of Law’s Hall of Fame in November 2015.

Joyner is the first African-American woman to lead the Senate Democratic Caucus, where she is responsible for advancing the 14-member legislative group’s positions. She was elected to the Senate in 2006, representing a district that includes parts of Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee counties. She served as Minority Leader Pro Tempore during the 2010-2012 legislative term and Minority Whip, 2008-2010, 2006-2008. Previously, she served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000-2006, holding Democratic Policy Chair, Democratic Floor Leader and Democratic Whip positions.

Joyner’s rich history of civic engagement dates back to her days at FAMU, where she was jailed twice for taking part in civil rights demonstrations. Over the years, she has amassed a vast list of honors and awards that runs the gamut from the Governor’s Distinguished Black Floridian Award in 1987 and the George E. Edgecomb Bar Association, Francisco Rodriguez Award in 1993 to the Florida Watch Action, Middle Class Champion Award and The Florida Bar Legislative Award in 2013. She is affiliated with dozens of organizations, having served in leadership roles to include Delta Sigma Theta Inc., National Legal Advisor 1985-1992; National Bar Association, President 1984-1985; and Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association, President 1974-1976.

Senator Joyner will address the spring 2016 candidates, who will have the juris doctor degree conferred April 30, 2016, in Tallahassee, Florida, at the University’s Commencement Exercises. The Hooding Ceremony will recognize more than 100 candidates, including the fall 2015, spring 2016, and summer 2016 graduating classes.  The candidates will be hooded by Professor John Duncan, who teaches Contracts II and Administrative Law, and was recently elected Faculty of the Year by the Student Body.  Hooding candidate Jason Holloway will provide the student address, having been elected by the graduating class.

The FAMU College of Law’s Hooding Ceremony is a public event; however, seating is limited, and there is a parking fee at most lots in Downtown Orlando.

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