Shaw Announces Congressman G. K.
Butterfield as Commencement Speaker
April 29, 2015 – During its
historic 150th anniversary year, Shaw University will host its annual
commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Raleigh
Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. U.S. Congressman G.K. Butterfield
(D-NC First District) will deliver the keynote speech. Graduating students will
lead a procession from Shaw’s Downtown Raleigh campus to the Convention Center
at the start of the ceremony.
Wilson, North Carolina, Butterfield was raised by Dr. and Mrs. G. K.
Butterfield, Sr. His father practiced dentistry for 50 years and served as one
of North Carolina's first black elected officials since Reconstruction. His
mother was a classroom teacher for 48 years. Butterfield attended Charles H.
Darden High School and later graduated from college and law school at North
Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. After earning his law
degree, Butterfield founded a law practice in Wilson and served the community
in that capacity for 13 years.
Butterfield was elected as Resident Superior Court judge. For two years, he
served on the North Carolina Supreme Court by appointment of the governor.
Butterfield retired from the judiciary after 15 years of service and ran for
Congress. He was elected to serve the First District of North Carolina in the
U.S. House of Representatives in a special election on July 20, 2004, to fill
the seat of Frank Ballance.
Butterfield has been a tireless advocate for North Carolinians for many years
and we are honored to have him as our commencement speaker during our historic
150th anniversary celebration,” said Shaw University Interim President Dr.
Gaddis J. Faulcon. “His work as an attorney, as a judge and now as a
congressman serves as a wonderful example of service and leadership for our
serves in the Democratic leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the
Congressional Black Caucus. He sits on the Committee on Energy and Commerce as
the fifth most senior Democrat on the Health Subcommittee. In addition, he
serves as a member of the subcommittees of Communications and Technology, and
Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army.