The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will present its fall 2018 graduation at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center arena. The procession will begin at 9:45 a.m. and the event is free and open to the public.

Noted educator and author Steve Perry, Ed.D., will deliver the commencement address. Perry is founder of Capital Preparatory Schools at Hartford and Bridgeport Conn., as well as Harlem, N.Y. He also an education contributor on CNN, MSNBC and for Essence magazine, according to his profile on Linked in.

“Dr. Perry is one of most sought-after educators in America,” according to a press release. “He is the educator Oprah Winfrey, Sean ‘P-Diddy’ Combs, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Steve Harvey call on to offer insight to parents and children. A diverse array of politicians and groups, from the Urban League to ALEC, have reached out to Dr. Perry to better understand what matters to parents.”

Perry received his Master of Social Work degree in 1995 at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work at Philadelphia, and his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in educational leadership at the University of Hartford at Hartford, Conn., in 2008, according to his profile.

“The word most often used to describe Dr. Perry is passionate,” according to the news release. “His authenticity is a welcomed addition to any discussion rooted in improving children’s lives and the community. His skills are hard-fought and have been bestowed from his rough childhood all the way up through his graduation from an Ivy League school. There’s a richness in his concepts that foster an intriguing point of view on the modern American family.”

“His courage and piercing insights provides a fascinating perspective that is not often found in public discourse,” according to the release. “Considered the voice of a generation, Dr. Perry is a people’s champion who has been fighting for disadvantaged children and families for 30 years. Passionate and surprisingly funny, he is a man worth listening to.”

For details on the UAPB commencement, call 870-575-8487.