After years of research papers, lecture halls and exams, graduating seniors in college patiently wait for the day they can walk across the stage and get their hard earned degree, but there is one more announcement that many long to hear: the keynote speaker of the commencement ceremony! Howard University recently announced the special person addressing their Class of 2016 and let’s just say he lives in a House that’s located on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Although he won’t be speaking at his daughter’s high school graduation, President Barack Obama has agreed to deliver the keynote address at HU’s commencement ceremony this May.
“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,” said Howard University President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick. “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,” added Frederick.
In addition to spreading words of encouragement, President Obama alongside others including Cicely Tyson, will be receiving an honorary degree from the University. Obama will specifically be awarded with a Doctor of Laws, the University’s highest honor.
Obama is the sixth sitting president to address a graduating class at Howard University. This moment, however, will definitely be one for those in attendance to remember as it will be one of President Obama’s last speeches as the Leader of the Free World.
Howard University‘s commencement ceremony will take place on May 7, 2016.
Written By: Sweenie Saint-Vil