Historically Black Colleges and Universities play a critical role in American higher education. HBCUs provide students with access to quality education, instill a sense of pride, and continue to cultivate our Nations most influential leaders in every area of society. In that spirit, the Obama Administration remains committed to HBCUs as each graduate brings us one step closer to the Presidents goal of America again having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by the year 2020.
The President is honored to address the graduating class of Morehouse College on Sunday, and the First Lady, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett will also participate in 2013 commencement exercises at HBCUs including Bowie State University, Morgan State University, Tuskegee University, and Clark Atlanta University.
Administration Commencement addresses at HBCUs
Saturday, May 11: Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Friday, May 17: Bowie State, Bowie Maryland
First Lady Michelle Obama
Saturday, May 18: Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Sunday, May 19: Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia
Monday, May 20: Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama
Valerie Jarrett received an honorary degree from Morgan State University in May 2010. This year, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack received an honorary degree from Tuskegee University and Deputy Administrator for the Small Business Administration Marie Johnson received an honorary degree from Howard University.