Biden to deliver keynote address at Howard University commencement convocation

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Biden to deliver keynote address at Howard University commencement convocation

 Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, president of Howard University, announced today that Joseph R. Biden Jr., the 46th president of the United States, will serve as the commencement orator during the 155th commencement ceremony at the Capital One Arena on May 13, 2023 beginning at 10 a.m.

“It is an honor and privilege to welcome President Biden to deliver the 2023 commencement address and celebrate the graduating Class of 2023,” Dr. Frederick said. “This honorary Doctor of Letters is much deserved for his years of transformational service as U.S. Senator, Vice President, and now as President of the United States. We are excited to receive the President as this year’s distinguished guest and recognize him for his relentless work uplifting our communities that have been historically left behind. I look forward to honoring President Biden, our honorary degree recipients, and graduating seniors at the Commencement Convocation.”

President Biden will receive the honorary Doctor of Letters. Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the first of four children of Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden and Joseph Robinette Biden, Sr. In 1953, the Biden family moved to Claymont, Delaware. Biden graduated from the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School and served on the New Castle County Council.  At age 29, President Biden became one of the youngest people ever elected to the United States Senate. On April 25, 2019, Biden announced his candidacy for President of the United States. Later, he invited Howard University alumna Kamala Harris to become his running mate and help unite the nation as vice president. Harris became the first Black American elected in that role.

President Biden is the seventh sitting U.S. president to deliver the keynote address at a Howard University commencement convocation.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley left T&T for Washington on Thursday after he was announced on the list of people to be conferred an honourary doctorate degree.

The other honorary recipients include the United States representative for South Carolina, James E. Clyburn, Karsh Family Foundation co-founders Martha and Bruce Karsh, Duke University Health System president and CEO Eugene Washington, and Trustee Emerita and former Board vice chair Benaree Pratt Wiley.

A statement by the university said, “Our 2023 honorees are among the leaders in their respective fields, in no small part due to their commitment to our collective humanity and building a better society for us all. Truth and service have been major elements to their lives both personally and professionally, which makes this year’s honorary degree recipients exceedingly qualified to join the Class of 2023.”