North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will hold its annual fall Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8:00 a.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. The processional will begin at 8:30 a.m. Well over 850 students will graduate from the university including undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

This year’s commencement speaker is president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK)—Wilbert W. James, Jr.

Over the past 26 years at TMMK James has held multiple positions. He served as general manager of assembly, general manager of production and was named Vice President of Manufacturing from 2003-2006.

Through a series of promotions James became president of TABC—a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North American, Inc. in 2007 after serving as Senior Vice President of Operations the previous year.   In 2008 he moved to the Indiana facility where he operated as Senior Vice President for Manufacturing and Quality. In July, 2010 he was appointed to his current position as president.

His public service roles include being the Toyota representative on the Board of Affiliates for the National Society of Black Engineers and a member of the Board of Regents for Kentucky State University, Academic UpRise and Toyota’s diversity champion for TEMA. James also chair’s the Lexington’s Arena task force.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology and an Associate’s degree in Applied Sciences from Old Dominion University in 1978 and 1976 respectively.

James is a former member on the North Carolina A&T College of Engineering advisory board.

Two students, Elliot Gottfried and Jade Jenkins will graduate with top honors as both students hold a 4.0 grade point average. The graduate school will commence 36 fall graduates and 13 students who completed courses in summer sessions that have maintained a 4.0.