Obama to Speak at Morehouse College Commencement

The president, who usually appears at three or four commencements each spring, will speak at the historically black college in Atlanta on May 19. The college’s new president, John Silvanus Wilson Jr., previously served as executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is also an occasional contributor to The Chronicle, with essays on fund raising for black colleges and assuring their future.

A White House official told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that Morehouse was chosen because it is one of the nation’s leading historically black colleges and universities and is among the best and brightest institutions of higher education in the country. The official also said that Morehouse is known for its high standard for excellence in learning and social consciousness and is home to a long list of notable alumni that spans the last three centuries.

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