Coppin State University Announces Spring 2012 Commencement Ceremony
(BALTIMORE - May18, 2012) – Coppin State University is pleased to announce its Spring Commencement at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2012 on the university’s campus in the Physical Education Center. This year’s Spring Commencement will feature an address to the graduates by Mr. Jean Fugett Jr., Esq.
Jean Fugett Jr. Esq., an athlete, journalist, speaker, attorney and businessman, was born in Baltimore, Md. After graduating from Cardinal Gibbons High School, where he was the first African American to win Baltimore Catholic Athlete of the Year, Fugett attended Amherst College where he was a two sport All-American athlete and executive editor of the Amherst Student weekly newspaper. After graduating from Amherst with honors, Fugett was admitted to Columbia Law School however his on-the-field prowess led to him being drafted by NFL team, Dallas Cowboys. He also played for the Washington Redskins.
During the off-season, Fugett appeared on CBS affiliate Channel 9 as a weekend anchor and with Frank Herzog on the show Redskins Sidelines. Fugett would later complete law school by attending George Washington University at night. His playing days complete, Fugett would continue to work for The Washington Post and eventually would end up in the television booth as a color commentator with Dan Dierdorf for the NFL on CBS.
In 1983, he helped his brother Reginald F. Lewis found TLC Group. In addition, Fugett served as director and vice-chairman of the McCall Pattern Company Management Committee, founding partner of a Baltimore law firm and as a partner with Fanfone in Europe. After the passing of his brother in 1993, Fugett took over TLC Beatrice International Foods, the largest black-owned and black managed business in the world at the time. At its peak, TLC Beatrice earned $2.2 billion in sales and was number 512 on Fortune magazine’s list of 1,000 largest.
Currently, Fugett serves as chancellor for the Maryland Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and practices law through his firm, Fugett and Associates. Fugett continues to pursue business opportunities with his son, Russell, with whom he co-founded the Fugett Sports Group to raise capital to make investments in Minor League Baseball and other Sports.
“We are pleased to have Mr. Jean Fugett Jr., Esq. as this year’s commencement speaker. He brings a wealth of knowledge and a commitment to the Baltimore community and beyond,” says Dr. Reginald Avery, president of Coppin State University.
Coppin State University will award Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees to 500 graduates during the Spring Commencement. The University has held Winter and Spring Commencements since 2010.