President Kicks-Off Commencement Season at Hampton University

Published by Pamela Gentry on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 12:38 am.

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May 5, 2010 –This weekend President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will kick off the commencement season with addresses at two Black universities.  Saturday, May 8, the first lady will travel to Pine Bluff to speak the graduating class at the University of Arkansas. The following day the president  will deliver the commencent address at Hampton University.

 This year 11 Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) will hear commencement addresses from some of the highest ranking members of the Obama administration. 

Colleges and universities usually book commencement speakers early to insure good picks that  generate buzz and will  be of interest to faculty and staff.  

Mission accomplished.  

The White House didn’t have a great showing at HBCU’s in 2009 because most schools booked commencement speakers or had plans in the works before Obama won the presidency.   Who knew?

But judging from this list of political powerhouses heading to HBCUs in 2010, the request went out early and the administration responded in full force.

So if you’re planning to attend a graduation at any of the following HBCUs this spring, here’s who’s on tap to deliver the keynote;

•         John Wilson, Executive Director, White House Initiative on HBCUs -  Wilberforce University,  Harris-Stowe     State    University and Wiley College

•         Secretary Arne Duncan,  U.S. Department of Education – Xavier University

•         NASA Administrator Charles Bolden – Huston-Tillotson University

•         White House Domestic Policy Director Melody Barnes – Virginia Union University

•         Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President – Morgan State University

•         Secretary Robert Gates, U.S. Department of Defense – Morehouse College

•       U.S.  Ambassador Susan Rice, United Nations – Spelman College   

 

Other than the president, who on the list would you select to speak at your graduation? 

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noelle said on May 5th, 2010

Why would anybody in their right mind want anything to do with Spelman

mikki said on May 5th, 2010

Eric Holder!!!!!!

Tom in the Great NW said on May 5th, 2010

Folks, brothers and sisters, let us celebrate our graduates with pride and spirit. And let us give thanks for our president and his lovely, as well as capable, wife.
OAD.
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Angela said on May 5th, 2010

i just say you keep up the very good work you are doing for are kids !

Muriel Ryan said on May 6th, 2010

I am so proud that my daughter graduated from VUU. She was easy to pick out. She was the blond blue-eyed social work major. She received an excellent education there.

TinaInDC said on May 6th, 2010

Let’s just celebrated the recognition being given to HBCUs.

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