Quentin Jerome Plair Jr. graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Sunday, May 13.
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was the commencement speaker, and was presented an honorary doctorate of laws.
Also receiving honorary doctor of laws degrees were David S. Ferriero, the 10th Archivist of the United States, and Thomas Willis Lambeth, a longtime public policy expert.
Three-time Grammy award winner, jazz trumpeter Branford Marsalis, was awarded an honorary doctor of music. Art museum curator Katharine Lee Reid received an honorary doctor of fine arts.
Quentin majored in communication and drama, and is embarking on an acting career. He also played as a wide receiver for the Tar Heels football team.
Quentin is the great-grandson of Noah Lockley Sr. and Vernell Lockley. He is also the grandson of Fred and Earthine Lockley Plair.
Quentin’s parents are Quentin Jerome Plair Sr. and Patricia Woodard Plair, of Lawrenceville, Ga.