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Dr. Ben Carson to Be Spring Commencement Speaker

Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and politician, will be the commencement speaker at Southeastern University’s spring commencement on April 29. Southeastern’s commencement will take place at The Lakeland Center at 6:30 p.m. A total of 407 students will be graduating.

Carson became the chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1984 at the age of 33, making him the youngest major division director in the hospital’s history. Carson performed the first and only successful separation of craniopagus (Siamese) twins joined at the back of the head in 1987. He also performed the first fully successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins in 1997 in South Africa.

Carson has written nine books, four of which were co-authored with his wife, Candy, of 40 years. He is the recipient of the 2006 Spingarn Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Carson and his wife are the co-founders of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments.

Carson announced on May 4, 2015, that he would seek the 2016 Republican nomination for president. He officially ended his bid on March 4, 2016. He is now the national chairman of the My Faith Votes Initiative.

A live streaming of SEU’s spring commencement ceremony will be available at SEU.edu/graduation.