Spelman College has announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will be the keynote speaker at the school’s commencement address.
On Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center, the First Lady will inspire more than 500 graduates to also leave their mark on the world when she delivers the commencement address to the Spelman College class of 2011.
MichelleObama will also receive an honorary degree.
Honorary degrees will also be bestowed upon director, actress and choreographer Debbie Allen, and her sister, actress and director Phylicia Rashad. Wendy Kopp, CEO and founder of Teach For America will receive the National Community Service Award.
“Having Mrs. Obama as our 2011 Commencement speaker is a true honor because she embodies the Spelman College mission which is to prepare women to change the world in a meaningful way,” said Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., president, Spelman College. “I know our students will be inspired by her powerful presence.”
Underscoring the important contributions made by all the honorees, Dr. Tatum said “Our honorees have made a significant impact on the world just as Spelman women do. They offer our graduates empowered examples of excellence in action with game-changing results. We could not be happier!”