Voorhees prepares for 2018 Opening Convocation


Voorhees prepares for 2018 Opening Convocation

August 24, 2018

Voorhees College will hold its 122nd fall Opening Convocation on Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center to formally celebrate the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Clifton Davis, actor, singer, composer, producer and minister. For more than 40 years, Davis has shared his unique gifts with audiences and congregations around the world. 

Davis is probably best known for his 5-year run as Reverend Rueben Gregory on the popular NBC television series, "Amen," which continues is syndicated on cable TV today.

 His earlier series, "That's My Mama, served to establish him as a widely known actor and television star. A native of Long Island, N.Y., he began his career in New York City in the Broadway show, “Hello Dolly.” Davis recently completed a four-year run on Broadway having originated the role of Sultan, in the hit Disney musical, “Aladdin.”

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology from Oakwood University and a master’s degree in divinity from Andrews University. In addition, he earned a doctorate degree in ministry from Trinity International University and a doctorate degree in fine arts from the University of Hartford. He is also the recipient of honorary Doctor of Letters degrees from Lincoln University, Paine College, and Edward Waters College.

Currently, Davis appears in the recurring role of Ephraim Ware, director of national intelligence, on the CBS hit show, “Madam Secretary.” In addition, he is a Christian minister licensed by St. Luke Baptist Church in New York.  His interdenominational ministry spans more than 35 years.

 He has received more than 125 awards and citations for his social, civic and spiritual service. Davis is listed in “Who’s Who in America,” and he has been recognized by such organizations as The SCLC, World Vision, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

President W. Franklin Evans said he believes Davis will bring the encouragement the students, faculty, and staff need to have a great and successful year. “Opening convocation officially marks the advent of the institution’s 122 academic year. This event also affirms the beginning of the college careers of the freshman Class of 2022,” Evans said.  

For more information, contact the Office of Communications, at 803-780-1191 or at communications@voorhees.edu.