Vice President Joe Biden to deliver UofSC commencement address
4/9/2014 By Megan Sexton – sc.edu
Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the commencement address at the Friday, May 9, ceremony at the University of South Carolina.
Biden will address graduates at the 3 p.m. ceremony in the Colonial Life Arena that includes students from the Darla Moore School of Business, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, College of Nursing, South Carolina College of Pharmacy and the Arnold School of Public Health.
The Vice President will receive an honorary degree of doctor of public administration.
Biden has spent his lifetime in public service. At age 29, he became one of the youngest people ever elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served for more than three decades. He chaired or served as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years, and was widely recognized for his work on criminal justice issues including the landmark 1994 Crime Bill and the Violence Against Women Act. As chairman or ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since 1997, Biden played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy, working on issues and legislation related to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, post-Cold War Europe, the Middle East and Southwest Asia.
Biden, a two-time presidential candidate, was tapped by Barack Obama as his running mate in 2008 and the pair were re-elected in 2012. As the country’s 47th vice president, Biden has represented the interests of the United States in every region of the world, traveling to more than two dozen countries. He has also championed many domestic issues, including college affordability, American manufacturing growth and middle class living standards. He is the first sitting vice president to give a commencement address at Carolina.
Also at the Friday commencement ceremony, David Seaton, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the Fluor Corporation and a University of South Carolina graduate, will receive an honorary degree of doctor of business administration.
University of South Carolina Commencement 2014
Vice President Joseph Biden – Commencement Speaker
Friday, May 9 @ 3:00 PM ET
Columbia, South Carolina
First Lady Michelle Obama to Deliver Commencement Address at Dillard Saturday, May 10
(New Orleans, LA) – First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the address at Dillard University on Saturday, May 10, when 243 students of Dillard University’s Class of 2014 walk down the Avenue of the Oaks during the commencement ceremony at 10 AM.
A product of Chicago public schools, Mrs. Obama studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1988, she joined the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she later met the man who would become the love of her life.
After a few years, Mrs. Obama decided her true calling was working with people to serve their communities and their neighbors. She served as assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago’s City Hall before becoming the founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that prepares youth for public service.
In 1996, Mrs. Obama joined the University of Chicago with a vision of bringing campus and community together. As Associate Dean of Student Services, she developed the university’s first community service program, and under her leadership as Vice President of Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center, volunteerism skyrocketed.
Promoting Service and working with young people has remained a staple of her career and her interest. Continuing this effort now as First Lady, Mrs. Obama in 2010 launched Let’s Move!, a campaign to bring together community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, moms and dads in a nationwide effort to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity. Let’s Move! has an ambitious but important goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.
As First Lady, Mrs. Obama continues to work on the issues close to her heart — supporting military families, helping working women balance career and family, encouraging national service, promoting the arts and arts education, and fostering healthy eating and healthy living for children and families across the country.
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Dillard University Commencement 2014
First Lady Michelle Obama – Commencement Speaker
Saturday, May 10 @ 11:00 AM ET
New Orleans, Louisiana