TOUGALOO, MS (WLBT) - The Tougaloo College class of 2019 was sent off with best wishes by their guest speaker, Stacey Abrams, on Sunday.
Abrams ran for governor in 2018 for Georgia, but she’s a Mississippi native that grew up in Gulfport.
Some of the graduates were thrilled to know that she was coming to their graduation.
“I was so excited when I first found out. I think I actually cried a little bit because she’s such a powerful woman and for her to be able to speak to us, and give us knowledge and information, it makes me feel like this graduation is even more,” said Brittany Johnson, a graduate.
Abrams gained national attention narrowly losing her historic bid to become the country’s first black woman governor.
She’s now considering a 2020 run for U.S. Senate or president, or another campaign for Georgia governor in 2022.
Abrams comes from a long line of Tougaloo graduates. However, she completed her undergraduate at Spellman College, another historically black college.
“It’s very important to have Stacey Abrams here as our speaker especially as she graduated from an HBCU. It’s very encouraging to see somebody else who was in our same footsteps and see her successful and come back to talk to us and inspire us as well,” said Shandria Sutton, this year’s valedictorian.