Obama officials speaking to black college grads

Atlanta, GA - ATLANTA, GA (AP) - United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice is one of 11 officials from President Barack Obama's administration who will deliver commencement addresses at historically black colleges this year.

Hampton University in Virginia will get Obama himself at its graduation ceremony on Sunday. His wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, will deliver the address at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan will speak at Xavier University and Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett will speak at Morgan State University.

Rice, the UN's ambassador to the United States, will speak at Spelman College's graduation on May 16.

Obama has demonstrated his commitment to historically black colleges this year with increased federal aid and attention to the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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