Students, families, and guests attending the 2018 Commencement Ceremony will hear a guest address from a leading expert on diversity and inclusion in America's education system.

Dr. Shaun R. Harper, noted as one of the best scholars on race, racism, equity, and gender studies in the United States, will serve as the guest Commencement speaker on June 15, 2018.

Dr. Harper's groundbreaking research on campus climate and racial equity has made him a leader in the field of education. He spent a decade on the University of Pennsylvania faculty, where he founded the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education.

In July 2017, Harper was named the Clifford & Betty Allen Professor in Urban Leadership at the USC Rossier School of Education, where he leads the USC Center on Race and Equity. He is the immediate past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education and an elected member of the American Educational Research Association.

His voluminous scholarly output includes 12 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, fueled in part by more than $13 million in research grants. His 13th book, Race Matters in College, is currently in press at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Harper's research has been cited in more than 8,000 published studies, and he has been interviewed by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chronicle of Higher Education, among many others. He has been recognized by Education Week as one of the 10 most influential professors in the field of education.

PCC's 93rd Commencement exercises will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 15, in Robinson Stadium. For information on tickets and more, visit our website.

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