The POTUS will speak at Howard University’s 2016 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May, 7, 2016. President Obama will address members of the Class of 2016 and their families, university trustees, officers, faculty, staff and alumni. Howard University will confer upon the president an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, the university’s highest honor.
“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,” Howard University President, Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick said in a press release. “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.”
President Obama will be the sixth sitting president to deliver the keynote address at a Howard University commencement. The White House announced Obama will also speak at Rutgers Unversity’s 150th anniversary commencement on May 15.