First Lady Jill Biden to give keynote speech at LACC graduation
First Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden will make a special appearance as the keynote speaker for the Los Angeles City College commencement ceremony on June 7 at 5 p.m. at the Greek Theater.
Biden is a long-time advocate for higher education, especially community colleges. Since 2009, she has been a member of the faculty at Northern Virginia Community College.
Biden has strong ties to Los Angeles City College as well. In 2016, while serving as the second lady of the United States in President Barack Obama’s administration, Biden appeared at LACC to announce the launch of the Los Angeles College Promise Program offering free tuition for all new, full-time students in the Los Angeles Community College District, including LACC.
“We are just overjoyed and extremely honored that the first lady of the United States will be joining us this year. We love her,” LACC president Mary Gallagher said. “Dr. Biden has been our champion for years and to have her here for our first in-person commencement in three years is amazing. This will be one of the most important and memorable commencements in the 93-year history of our college.”
More than 1,000 students are expected to cross the stage during the ceremony at the Greek Theater. The venue has been used by LACC for its commencement for many years, in collaboration with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. LACCD chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, and LACCD Board of Trustees member Andra Hoffman will also participate in the ceremony.
Students participating in the ceremony and their families and guests are encouraged to arrive early for parking and security checks. The Greek Theater is located at 2700 N. Vermont Ave. LACC plans to livestream the festivities. For information, email Kristine Dishchyan at firstname.lastname@example.org.