March 18, 2013

Nationally Recognized Educator Talks with Honors Students

Steve Perry, a national education educator and principal of a highly successful Hartford school, will address Grambling State University’s honors students during Honors Day Convocation

GRAMBLING, LA – More than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students will be honored for their academic achievements during Grambling State University’s annual Honors Day Convocation, Tuesday (March 19), and they’ll hear from Steve Perry, a distinguished author and educator who has gained national recognition for leading a Hartford magnet school.

The convocation starts at 11 a.m. at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center, and the public is invited. Perry, who has been a columnist for Essence magazine and who has been featured in CNN’s “Blacks in America” series, is the founder and principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School, which U.S. News and World Report named one of the top schools in the country.

Since 2006, Perry has led the Connecticut school, sending, 100% of its graduates to four-year colleges as first-generation college students. A Middletown, CT, native, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in social work, ran a homeless shelter and published his first of six books – all before he was 26 years old.

The honors students will enjoy a reception with President Frank G. Pogue, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Connie Walton, faculty and staff immediately following the program in the lobby of the assembly center. The next day, March 20, the president will host a picnic for the honors students at the president’s home, “Johnson Place,” on campus.

The university recognizes students who have earned at least a 3.00 grade point average. Special recognition is given to students who have earned a 4.00 cumulative grade point average and students who are being inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in Universities & Colleges.


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