Dwight A. Boykins, a Houston City Council member and Texas Southern University (TSU) alumnus, will address graduates at TSU’s Winter Commencement on Saturday, December 15, 2018.

“Coming home here to TSU is always exciting, but being asked to serve as this year’s Winter Commencement speaker is a distinct privilege that I shall always cherish,” Boykins said.

Councilman Boykins, whose district includes Texas Southern University, currently serves as Chairman of the Ethics, Elections and Council Governance Committee. He also sits on the Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee, and the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. In addition, Mr. Boykins served on the Houston Rebuild Oversight Committee, which helped to create Rebuild Houston, the city’s initiative to improve the quality of life and mobility for residents by enhancing Houston’s drainage and street infrastructure.

Boykins cares deeply about seniors and supports them through creating a non-profit organization that makes minor home repairs at no cost to the seniors in District D. He is also passionate about giving individuals who have made mistakes in their past – non-violent convicted felons – a second chance by holding a 2nd Chance Job Fair, providing work opportunities to those who might otherwise be overlooked.

Boykins is committed to creating pathways of success for students and each year welcomes them to participate in his internship program. Former interns include TSU student Kennard Jones, who serves as a Student Regent on TSU’s Board of Regents, and Andre Wagner, who has achieved success helping to run local and national political campaigns.

Boykins graduated from Texas Southern in 1994 from the Jesse H. Jones School of Business.

The TSU Commencement Committee is continuing the tradition of having a TSU alumnus or regional speaker as the annual Winter Commencement speaker. For more information about TSU’s Commencement, visit http://commencement.tsu.edu/.