Clark Atlanta University receives $5 Million at commencement ceremonies
Clark Atlanta University has received gifts and donations amounting to $5 million at its 2021 Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 15.
The occasion marked a historic moment for Clark Atlanta University as it is the first time for the university to receive a donation of that amount in one day. The university also held two commencement ceremonies in a day with President George T. French Jr., Ph.D. in attendance.
The CAU administration fulfilled its promise to the class of 2020 to host an on-site ceremony for those who cannot have a commencement because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The institution received $3 million in funds from the Georgia-based House of Cheatham, $1 million from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and $1 million from the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.
The university press release stated that the House of Cheatham donated to support the Robert H. “Bob” Bell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development. While the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, an organization established by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, made their contribution to help build “a more inclusive, just, and healthy future for everyone.”
Meanwhile, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation aims to establish the NCBCP Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. Southern Civic Engagement, Leadership & Social Justice Institute, and Southern Regional Office at Clark Atlanta University.
“I am elated that our beloved Clark Atlanta University has been selected to be the recipient of these major gifts. Major funds like this will help CAU provide greater opportunities to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs, social justice advocates and civic leaders, and game-changers in higher education,” said President George T. French Jr.