Melvin Malaka Is Student Commencement Speaker

Posted: May 3, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

Communication major Melvin M. Malaka of Centreville will give the graduate address at Commencement on Saturday, May 18. Born in Alexandria, Malaka enrolled at George Mason in 1995 after completing high school in Nigeria, where he lived for 10 years with his family. He earned his first degree in 2000 in chemistry with a minor in dance, and he is completing his second degree this year with a minor in information technology and telecommunications.

Malaka’s speech will focus on opportunity–how he took advantage of the opportunities presented to him during college, how George Mason capitalized on the opportunities he received in the 1700s, and how fellow graduates can make the most of their opportunities.

After graduation, Malaka will begin his new career as a pharmaceutical sales representative for GlaxoSmithKline, a leader in research and development of pharmaceutical products.

Malaka enrolled in the Communication Department’s inaugural Special Occasion Speaking class this semester, which provided an introduction to specialized situations, such as award presentations, introductions, eulogies, and commencement speeches. “That class was extremely helpful,” says Malaka. “I felt very comfortable speaking in public before, but the course gave me more confidence for these unique occasions.”

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