Bowie State University today announced First Lady Michelle Obama as the keynote speaker for its spring commencement on May 17. It will be the latest in a string of HBCU commencement addresses for the First Lady, including Spelman and the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. From the release:
“It is an extraordinary honor for Bowie State University and the Class of 2013 to welcome First Lady Michelle Obama as an honored guest at our Spring Commencement ceremony,” said BSU President Mickey L. Burnim. “She is an outstanding role model who will add even greater significance to this celebration of achievement for our graduates and their families.”
President Burnim will also confer honorary degrees on music icons Nickolas Ashford (posthumously) and Valerie Simpson for their exceptional accomplishments as internationally renowned songwriters, producers and performers for close to 50 years. He will award the President’s Medal of Excellence to Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, for his outstanding leadership in higher education, especially his work supporting minority students to excel in the sciences.