U.S. Education Secretary to Deliver Howard University Commencement Address

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver the commencement address to more than 2,000 graduates during Howard University’s commencement ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, on the upper quadrangle of the main campus. Secretary Duncan will discuss the important role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the knowledge economy and the roles that college graduates can play in strengthening public education.

Howard University was chartered by Congress in 1867. Today, it is a private, co-educational historically black university comprising 12 schools and colleges with approximately 10,500 students.

**NOTE: Media must RSVP to [email protected] by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2012. All broadcast media covering the commencement address must be stationary by 8:30 a.m.