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Commencement Speaker

Graduate Commencement Speaker for Friday, May 4



Undergraduate Commencement Speaker for Monday, May 7

Va Lecia Adams Kellum

Va Lecia Adams Kellum Portrait

Va Lecia Adams Kellum is the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Center (SJC). She joined SJC in 2008 and during her tenure the agency has nearly tripled in size, expanded its range of services, and broadened its geographic reach to include underserved communities in South Los Angeles. Under Dr. Adams Kellum’s leadership, St. Joseph Center has been a trailblazer in deploying integrated, multidisciplinary teams to help the most vulnerable homeless individuals obtain and maintain stable housing. Today, St. Joseph Center serves as the lead agency for the Coordinated Entry System for both families and individuals in LA County’s Service Planning Area 5. Her commitment to social justice issues make her the ideal speaker for the Class of 2018.

Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum graduated with a B.A. from the University of Southern California and earned an M.A. from Ball State University before completing her Ph.D. at Stanford University.