Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington will be the keynote speaker at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Founders and Honors Awards Convocation.

The free, public event will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Kenneth L. Johnson Sr. Health Physical Education and Recreation Complex.

“The convocation recognizes the academic achievement of students on the annual honor roll, salutes students who will receive scholarships for the next academic year, and provides an opportunity to reflect on Dr. Joseph Carter Corbin’s lasting imprint on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff,” according to a news release.

On Jan. 1, 2017, Washington became the first African American female mayor of Pine Bluff.

Washington graduated from Wabbaseka High School in 1966 and attended AM&N College (now UAPB) where she majored in elementary education. She earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and completed additional studies at the University of Central Arkansas at Conway, according to the release.

She retired after 38 years of service in the public schools of Jefferson County which included 22 years in the classroom and 16 years in school administration.

Washington is a member of the Jefferson County Democratic Women, the Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association, the Pine Bluff Beautification Facilities Board, the Jefferson County Board of Governors, and a life member of the NAACP where she serves on the Education Committee of the Pine Bluff Branch, according to the release.

The convocation is among events scheduled during founders week. Details: