Senator Kamala D. Harris will deliver the keynote address during Howard University’s 2017 Commencement ceremony.
The university announced the news Tuesday.
“Throughout her trailblazing career, Senator Harris has demonstrated her commitment to youth in a variety of ways,” said Howard University President, Dr. Wayne Frederick in a statement posted to Howard’s website. “She is a leader in mentorship programs, has authored legislation to fight child exploitation and unashamedly shattered both racial and gender barriers. As we exclaim the necessity of Howard University’s legacy—now more than ever before—and focus our vision toward the future, I have no doubt that our graduates will find Senator Harris thought-provoking and inspiring.”
Senator Harris, an alum of Howard, is not only the first African-American to serve as Attorney General for the state of California, but the first woman to hold the position.
“Howard shaped, nurtured, and challenged me to soar on my chosen path, and I’m honored to speak to the class of 2017 to encourage them to pursue their own dreams and live up to the promise of Howard,” said Senator Harris. “Howard University has instilled in generations of students the drive to serve others, and to truly believe that anything is possible.”
The convocation, which will be the institution’s 149th, will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017.