Tom Joyner, a syndicated radio host and founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation, will be the commencement speaker at Shaw University, Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College next month.
Joyner, 67, has hosted the Tom Joyner Morning Show since 1994 and is now heard in more than 100 markets across the country. Since 1999, the Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $60 million to help keep students enrolled at historically black colleges and universities.
Joyner was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, and attended Tuskegee University, where he majored in sociology and worked for the college radio station. He began his broadcasting career as soon as he graduated and worked at several radio stations in the South and Midwest before settling in Chicago in the late 1970s.
Joyner will speak at Tennessee State University’s commencement on Saturday, May 6 at 8 a.m. in the William Jasper Hale Stadium on the main campus. Shaw’s commencement on Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center. And Meharry Medical commencement on Saturday, May 20 at 9 a.m. in the Curb Event Center on the campus of Belmont University.
In addition, The Tom Joyner Foundation has chosen Meharry as the “School of the Month” for May to create awareness regarding the need for scholarships. Meharry’s goal is to raise $200,000 strictly for student support. To donate online, visit www.tomjoynerfoundation.org/donate/.