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June 22, 2010

The Relevance of Liberal Arts to a Prosperous Democracy: Under Secretary Martha J. Kanter’s Remarks at the Annapolis Group Conference

Thank you, Mark, for that gracious introduction. It's a pleasure to be here today to meet the Annapolis Group, to discuss the significance of the liberal arts in general, to address what I think are several popular misconceptions about liberal arts colleges and universities, and to open a dialogue with you to reach President Obama's 2020 goal.

June 11, 2010

Beyond Bubble Tests and Bake Sales: Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at the 114th Annual National PTA Convention

Thank you. It's an honor to speak to the nation's oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy organization.

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June 10, 2010

Remarks of Dr. Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary, 40th Commencement of Rhodes State College

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

Education and Destiny: Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at the 96th Annual Hampton University Ministers' Conference in Hampton, Virginia

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

Remarks of Dr. Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary, at Palo Alto University Commencement

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

Changing the HBCU Narrative: From Corrective Action to Creative Investment—Remarks by Secretary Arne Duncan at the HBCU Symposium at the North Carolina Central University Centennial

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 fall—and speak to the challenges that remain.

June 2, 2010

Finding Your Passion: Remarks by Secretary Arne Duncan at the Benjamin Banneker High School Commencement

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 27, 2010

Prepared for Success: Remarks by Secretary Arne Duncan at the Clark Montessori Junior High and High School Commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2010—all 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.

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May 26, 2010

International Engagement Through Education: Remarks by Secretary Arne Duncan at the Council on Foreign Relations Meeting

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

The Lasting Impact of Teachers: Commencement Remarks of Secretary Arne Duncan at Lesley University

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.

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