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Honorary Xavier University graduate Earvin “Magic” Johnson and dozens of other stars, business figures, and members of academia filled the ‎Taglyan Complex Ballroom on June 15th, 2015, to congratulate Xavier University of Louisiana President Dr. Norman Francis on his illustrious 47-year career. A befitting retirement party for a man of Dr. Francis’ stature, the “Honoring a Living Legend” event was hosted by celebrity comedian Anthony Anderson (from NBC’s Black-ish) and featured entertainment from DJ Mal-Ski and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Gary Taglyan and Magic Johnson at Taglyan Complex

In addition to his duties as President of Xavier University, Dr. Francis has served in advisory roles to eight U.S. presidents on education and civil rights issues and, in 2006, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.

Banner For the Norman Francis Event at Taglyan Complex

Funds raised during the June 15th event will go to the Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Fund, a scholarship which expands the opportunity for low-socioeconomic students to achieve their dreams.


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