President Barack Obama To Give Commencement Speech At Howard University Graduation Ceremony [VIDEO]By Mariel Hemingway
President Barack Obama will be delivering one of his final commencement speeches during the 2016 Commencement Ceremony at Howard University on May 7. He will also be delivering keynote address speech at Rutgers University's New BrunswicK, New Jersey campus on May 15 and at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
"The President's commitment to education, especially for those who can least afford it, dovetails with Howard's commitment to provide these same students with a rigorous, intellectually-stimulating, and academically-challenging educational experience," Howard University president Dr. Wayne Frederick said in a release. The President and other leaders will be receiving an honorary degree, doctor of laws during the commencement exercise.
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Additionally, President Obama is the sixth US President to deliver the commencement speech at Howard University. US News & World Report noted that this will be the President's third time since in the seat to deliver the keynote address in the historically black university.
It will be the first time for Rutgers University to have a sitting president speaks at their graduation ceremony. The coming commencement ceremony on May 15 will be the university's 250th graduation year.
"We are delighted that President Obama has chosen to address our graduates at this year's historic commencement," University president Robert Barchi said in a release. "This is the first time in Rutgers University's history that a sitting president has agreed to speak at commencement."
Gazette reported that Obama will also be delivering a commence speech for Air Force Academy's class of 2016. The ceremony will be held on June 2.
"The U.S. Air Force Academy is recognized for educating and training some of the nation's most dedicated leaders, and the President looks forward to thanking them for their service," Obama spokesman Keith Maley wrote to the outlet. Details for Obama's visit to Colorado will be released in a few days.