Renowned business leader and newspaper publisher William Pickard has been tapped as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Clark Atlanta University Commencement Convocation. This year more than 800 CAU undergraduate and graduate students will earn their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral and specialist certifications 8 a.m. Monday at Panther Stadium, 735 Beckwith St. SW.
Pickard’s international business portfolio includes chairman of Global Automotive Alliance, co-managing partner of the MGM Grand Detroit Casino and CEO of Bearwood Management Company. He is also co-owner and publisher of five newspapers, including Atlanta Daily World and Atlanta Tribune. His career began as an entrepreneur more than 45 years ago when he opened a chain of highly successful McDonald’s restaurants and automotive companies across North America.
CAU will also award honorary degrees to three pioneers in civil and human rights, politics and STEM. The honorary recipients include the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and retired NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose amazing life story was portrayed in the film “Hidden Figures” which was partially filmed on CAU’s campus.