U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver the commencement address at the graduation ceremonies for Washington, D.C.'s Eastern Senior High School on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET at DAR Constitution Hall.
The Secretary will congratulate the graduating class and their families and encourage students to graduate to pursue a higher education. In today's economy, a high school diploma just isn't enough. Students have to reach higher, which is why First Lady Michelle Obama is working to rally the country around the President's goal for America to once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. The Reach Higher initiative is the First Lady's effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.