President Kicks-Off Commencement Season at Hampton UniversityPublished by Pamela Gentry on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 12:38 am.
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.
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?