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Grads are Back: The School of Journalism & Graphic Communication at Florida A&M University (FAMU) Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

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SJGC Staff

Alumni from across the country are coming back to “The Hill” to celebrate “40 Years
Leading the Way” with Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism and Graphic Communication.

The FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) is the first program of its type at a Historically Black College or University to receive accreditation in 1982. Now, 40 years later, alumni who were among the first graduates will join more than a dozen others for a one-day conference to share their experiences with current students.

The annual “Grads are Back” event will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2022, beginning with the Board of Visitors meeting, chaired by Kimberly Godwin Manning, president of ABC News. Ms. Godwin is a 1984 graduate of the SJGC.

The day-long schedule of events includes a career fair, featuring a myriad of companies such as Amazon, Gray Television, parent company to WCTV, Discover, Google and many others. The day will end with a celebratory ticketed reception at the Meek-Eaton Black Archives Research Center and Museum on campus. During this event, four alums will receive the Thelma Thurston Gorham Distinguished Alumni Award, each spanning the four decades representing the SJGC history.

“I could not think of a better time to reinstate our distinguished alumni award than during our 40th
anniversary celebration,” said Mira Lowe, Dean, School of Journalism and Graphic Communications.

“Thelma Gorham was instrumental in building this program and influenced many of our alumni during
their matriculation at FAMU. I am honored to keep her legacy alive with this recognition of alums who are making significant impacts in their various disciplines.”

Learn more about this year’s “Grads are Back” here.

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