President Joseph R. Biden is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at Howard University’s 155th commencement ceremony. The graduation ceremony is set to take place on the Upper Quadrangle of the main campus at 10 a.m. on May 13, 2023.
“It is an honor and privilege to welcome President Biden to deliver the 2023 commencement address and celebrate the graduating Class of 2023,” Howard University Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick said.
“This honorary Doctor of Letters is much deserved for his years of transformational service as U.S. Senator, Vice President, and now as President of the United States. We are excited to receive the President as this year’s distinguished guest and recognize him for his relentless work uplifting our communities that have been historically left behind. I look forward to honoring President Biden, our honorary degree recipients, and graduating seniors at the Commencement Convocation.”
Biden will become the seventh sitting U.S. President to deliver the keynote address at Howard University’s commencement ceremony. The President will also deliver the keynote speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s graduation ceremony on June 1.
“In a few weeks, I’ll be headed to your home turf for commencement — you’re going to get stuck with me being your commencement speaker — and where 10 of these cadets behind me will officially become officers in the United States Air Force and Space Force,” Biden said.
“You can’t talk about the soul of the nation without talking about our service academies. … And you can’t talk about the service academies without talking about duty, teamwork, service and excellence.”