Alfred L. Bright, an internationally renowned artist and trail-blazing African American educator, was the featured speaker at YSU’s summer commencement Saturday, Aug. 17, in Beeghly Center.
Four hundred students received diplomas at the ceremony, which also marked the first commencement under the leadership of Randy J. Dunn, who became YSU’s eighth president on July 15.
Angela Cameron of Mineral Ridge, who received a master’s degree in Education in counseling, was the featured student speaker.
Bright earned a bachelor’s degree in art education from Youngstown University in 1964 and a master’s degree in painting from Kent State University in 1965. He was the first African American full service faculty member at Youngstown University in 1965. Bright also was the founding director of the Black Studies (Africana Studies) Program at YSU, a post he held from 1970 to 1987. He has had more than 50 solo art exhibits and has a long list of awards and honors.