Entertainer “Ray J” Falls in Love with Philander Smith College

The 2018 PSC Homecoming closed out with a bang, in more ways than one.


 As part of the Homecoming Schedule, actor/singer/entrepreneur Ray J  (born William Ray Norwood, Jr.) was the featured gear speaker for the College’s popular “Bless the Mic” Lecture Series. After a well-received talk to an audience of more than 500, the entertainer spent the next couple days on campus, enjoying a dose of the Philander Experience. These inspiring encounters led Ray J to decide to enroll as one of the newest PSC Panthers, scheduled to begin classes in the Spring 2019 Semester.

The entertainer and businessman understands the importance of education, especially that of an Historically Black College or University (HBCU). “God is working! I chose to enroll in Philander Smith College. I’m very familiar with the HBCU experience because my parents attended HBCUs,” he wrote via his Instagram announcement. “I welcome the opportunity to further my business skills as I continue to grow and expand my technology company Raycon Global.”

The 37-year-old, who is a newlywed and new father, has achieved success through music and acting, but he is looking forward to adding “collegian” to his expanding resume — proving that it is never too late to attend college.