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Black Male Leadership Development Institute Holds Graduation Ceremony May 19

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pittsburgh -- The Black Male Leadership Development Institute will hold its annual graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., downtown Pittsburgh.

The Black Male Leadership Development Institute prepares high school students to become community leaders and encourages them to pursue higher education. The students spend one week at the Robert Morris University campus in Moon Township participating in workshops and other activities designed to instill good communication, leadership and personal management skills. RMU partners with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, which provides year-round mentoring and other activities to supplement the week at RMU.

Forty young men will graduate from the program on Saturday, and the event will feature a keynote address by K. Chase Patterson, president and CEO of Corporate Diversity Associates (CDA), an independent consulting firm specializing in diversity recruiting support services for major corporations. Patterson is also president of the Hawthorne Perkins Group, a brand management and public relations consulting firm whose clients include Chuck Sanders Charities, SAVOY Restaurant, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, and the United Way of Allegheny County.

The Black Male Leadership Development Institute receives support from The Heinz Endowments and The Buhl Foundation.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.