Harold Cogdell Jr., will be CPCC graduation speaker

last modified Apr 02, 2012 09:58 AM

Harold Cogdell Jr., Charlotte attorney and chair of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, will serve as Central Piedmont Community College’s 2012 graduation speaker.

CPCC’s 2012 graduation ceremony will take place at 7 p.m., on May 10, at the Bojangles Coliseum, on East Independence Boulevard. The College anticipates as many as 1,000 students to graduate in May, with approximately 700 participating in the ceremony.

Cogdell is serving his second term as an at-large Mecklenburg County Commissioner and his first as chair. He serves on the commission’s Criminal Justice, Health and Community Support Services committees. He served on the Charlotte City Council from 2001-2003, participating on the Budget, Public Safety and Restructuring Government committees.

“We are honored to have Chairman Cogdell as our 2012 graduation speaker,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president. “Harold is a community leader, having served Charlotte and Mecklenburg County for 20 years. Our graduates and their families will be interested to hear what Harold has to say about leadership, service and community involvement.”

In 1998, he founded the Law Offices of Harold Cogdell, Jr., P.C., concentrating in the areas of corporate compliance, governmental relations and white-collar criminal offenses. He currently concentrates most of his law practice on representing small- to medium-sized health care providers in the Charlotte region and white-collar criminal defense. He is a former member of the Board of Advisors of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, former first vice-president of the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers, and previously served on the Stratford-Richardson YMCA Board of Managers. He is a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, the Rotary Club of Charlotte Inc., and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

Cogdell was born in Durham, N.C., and raised in Kinston, N.C. He attended North Carolina A & T State University and UNC-Greensboro, where he graduated in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He moved to Charlotte in 1991 and worked as a probation officer until he entered law school in 1993. While in law school, he was elected class president, worked as a law clerk with the United States Attorney's Office (EDNC) and with the Wake County District Attorney's Office. He earned his law degree from N.C. Central University in 1996 and accepted a position as an assistant district attorney with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office.

CPCC’s graduation ceremony is open to family and friends. Tickets are not required, and parking is free.