June 10, 2010
Thank you Dr. McCurdy, Board of Trustees, Honorary Society members, faculty, staff, and distinguished alumni.
To members of the class of 2010, your families, and friends, congratulations on this important day in your lives, the lives of your nation, and the life of this institution.
June 9, 2010
Good morning. It's a great honor to be here today among America's faith leaders. It's an even greater honor to follow in the shoes of heroes like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who spoke here in 1962.
Not a day goes by that I don't think of him, and draw inspiration from him.
June 5, 2010
Thank you Mr. Otieno and President Calvin for that generous introduction and for this honorary degree, which I will treasure for the rest of my life. It is an honor to join you this morning to celebrate the success of the Class of 2010.
June 3, 2010
Last September, I had the opportunity to speak at the National HBCU conference in Washington, DC, at which many of you were present. I shared with you my conviction that HBCUs must not merely survive but thrive. Today, I want to update you on what we and HBCUs, working together, have accomplished since last falland speak to the challenges that remain.
June 2, 2010
Good afternoon, students, parents and teachers.
I am here today to celebrate your success and Banneker's success. They often say that success has many parents.
Your success is earned, first of all, from your hard work and perseverance -- qualities that are in each of you -- and so I begin by saluting you, the class of 2010.
May 28, 2010
Congratulations to the Class of 2010all of your hard work has paid off. Thank you not just for your commitment to earning your diploma but for committing to go to college.
I want to especially thank Principal Rupa Townsend, who is doing a great job, and all of the teachers and parents and friends who helped these graduates every step of the way.
May 26, 2010
Thank you for inviting me to join you today. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with this distinguished group.
May 19, 2010
Thank you, President Moore, for that generous introduction and for this honorary degree, which I will treasure. I feel so honored to share the stage today with distinguished artists and great leaders like Vicki Kennedy, Professor Chinua Achebe, and Roz Chast.
May 15, 2010
Thank you, Chancellor Martin. It's a great pleasure and honor to be here today at the Kohl Center. But I admit to speaking with some trepidation. The truth is that the Badger Herald has set a high bar for my address.
May 12, 2010
To our graduates and to their families who supported them every step of the way, congratulations, I am honored to be with you today.