This year’s Howard University graduation is about to be LIT because President Obama will be sending the class of 2016 off with some words of wisdom.
Earlier today, Howard president Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick announced the president would be speaking at this year’s ceremony on May 7.
“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,” Frederick said in a statement.
— Howard University (@HowardU) April 14, 2016
“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.”
This will be the sixth time a sitting U.S. president will address Howard grads, and it’ll be President Obama’s third commencement speech at a HBCU.
In addition to the president, Cicely Tyson, L.D. Britt, M.D., MPH; and Ambassador Horace Greeley Dawson Jr will receive honorary degrees this year.