"We are thrilled that Dr. Hammond has accepted the opportunity to address more than 500 graduation candidates this month," said Pogue. "As an accomplished educator and a dynamic professional who earned an undergraduate degree and a doctorate of education from our institution, she is a wonderful example of what students can accomplish by matriculating at Grambling State."
Hammond, a Monroe native, will speak at the university's fall commencement that will be held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 14 in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. "We know that it takes a lot for a first-year president to take time away from the university, so we're elated that Dr. Hammond is making time to be with us," added Provost Connie Walton, noting that Hammond started her new job on July 1.
The university will host a Tiger Torch night the night before the commencement, on December 13 at 6 p.m. in the T.H. Harris Auditorium. This informal, traditional activity helps graduation candidates and their families to further bond with administration, faculty and staff as new Grambling State alums. Following the December 14 commencement, graduates and their families will join Pogue and Grambling State faculty and staff to celebrate their success in the McCall Dining Hall for a Tiger Family Reception.
Hammond helped lead Maryland's Coppin State University as provost and vice president for academic affairs, including establishing an undergraduate research center, an advisement and retention program and a First Year Experience program much like Grambling State's. Hammond was a lead consultant for H&H Educational Consultants, a group that specializes in strategic planning, curriculum design and standards-based assessments. In addition to her Grambling State degrees, Hammond holds a master's of education and an education specialist degree from the University of Louisiana in Monroe. She was a Louisiana State Board of Regents Fellow in 1987-89.