President Barack Obama really is the MVP. The second term president will be delivering keynote speeches at not one, but two schools’ graduation ceremonies. The lucky schools are HBCU, Howard University and New Jersey school, Rutger’s University.
Howard University’s commencement ceremony will be on May 7, and they will be celebrating their 150th year anniversary. Howard will also be bestowing on the president their Doctor of Laws honorary degree, which is the schools highest honor. President Wayne A.I. Frederick said this during the announcement:
It is an extraordinary honor and privilege for the Howard University community to welcome President Barack H. Obama to our campus to deliver the 2016 commencement address. 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. As we look into the not so distant future, Howard will commemorate its 150th Anniversary in March 2017, emboldened by a legacy of addressing disparities that are inextricably intertwined with this nation’s legacy of equality and inclusivity. President Obama’s own legacy gives the Howard Community great expectations for the leadership footprint it will leave on America and the globe.
Rutgers will hold their commencement ceremony May 15, graduating 12000 graduates. Rutgers will be celebrating it’s 250th anniversary and since this is the first time a sitting president has agreed to speak at their commencement, the school is very excited. “This is the first time in Rutgers University’s history that a sitting president has agreed to speak at a commencement,” said Rutgers University President Robert Barchi. President Obama’s decision is a testament to the enthusiastic efforts of Rutgers students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation, who sent numerous messages to the White House urging the president to join our 250th anniversary graduation ceremony.
Congratulations to all the graduates!