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'The Haves and The Have Nots' actress Angela Robinson to speak at FAMU's virtual commencement

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Posted at 6:05 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 18:05:07-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida A&M University alumna and “The Haves and The Have Nots” actress Angela Robinson will be the featured speaker for FAMU's Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement.

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Robinson is best known as Veronica Harrington in Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and The Have Nots” on OWN. She is a veteran stage actress whose credits include “The Color Purple” and “Dreamgirls.”

Robinson graduated from FAMU in 1987 with a bachelor’s in Sociology. She urges graduates to create their own path as they venture into an ever-changing world.

“Being conventional will never allow you to do anything new, and being practical is just impractical in this climate,” Robinson says. “These times require bold and deliberate choices made from what’s inside you.”

The estimated two-and-a-half-hour digital event will feature the names of each of the more than 1,100 graduates, as well the photo/information they submitted. To view the ceremony, click here.

In addition to Angela Robinson’s commencement speech and the graduate roll call procession, the virtual ceremony will include inspirational remarks by President Larry Robinson, Ph.D.

“Things are changing constantly and that will continue as you go out into the world. You know that now better than anyone as your lives were completely changed this semester by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Robinson tells graduates. “But you still finished strong. Because you are resilient, resourceful and well, because you are Rattlers and that’s just what we do.”

The virtual ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9.