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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles to Deliver Commencement Address

Apr 10, 2024 By Queens University Communications

Queens University of Charlotte is honored to announce that Mayor Vi Lyles ‘73 will be the commencement speaker for Queens University’s 165th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

A Queens alumna, Lyles has a long history of public service and is a strong advocate for education, opportunity, and innovation. Her insights and experiences will be invaluable to Queens’ graduating class as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mayor Lyles back to Queens to join us for this momentous occasion,” said Queens University of Charlotte President Dan Lugo. “As a proud Queens alumna, Mayor Lyles embodies the values of Queens University and our motto, ‘Not to be served, but to serve.’ A champion for our city and its people, her upcoming speech promises to leave a lasting impression on our graduates.”

Now in her fourth term as Charlotte’s mayor, Lyles is a distinguished leader who has made significant contributions to the Queen City. Her vision for growth extends to robust transportation infrastructure and community safety initiatives. Under her leadership, the city of Charlotte continues to grow as a center for commerce, culture, and diversity.

Lyles expressed her enthusiasm about returning to her alma mater for this special occasion. “It is an honor to be invited back to Queens University to address the graduating class of 2024,” said Mayor Lyles. “My time at Queens was transformative and helped prepare me for the challenges and opportunities that have come my way. I am excited to share my experiences and insights with the next generation of Queens alumni.”

Queens University’s commencement ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on May 4 at the Hall Brown Terrace outside of Queens Hall.

Visit the Commencement page for more details about the ceremony.