SUBMITTED – Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States from 2009-2017, will deliver the commencement speech at Bishop State Community College’s graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 10.

Dr. Biden is married to the 47th Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden. Through the Biden Foundation founded by her and her husband, Dr. Biden works to bring attention to the sacrifices made by military families, raise awareness around areas of particular importance to women and highlight the importance of community colleges to America’s future.

“I have long said that community colleges are America’s best kept secret,” Dr. Biden says. “I believe we need to celebrate community colleges – and their students – for who they really are: innovative, inspiring and essential.”

During her tenure as Second Lady, Dr. Biden and former President Barack Obama led the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges. She also completed a College to Career bus tour across five states to highlight innovative workforce partnerships that kick-start career training. She has visited over fifty community college campuses across America.

“Dr. Jill Biden understands the impact community colleges have in providing postsecondary education
opportunities in our country,” Bishop State President Dr. Reginald Sykes says. “As a community college instructor, she sees first-hand how our students’ lives are changed by the opportunities two-year colleges provide. We are honored and thrilled to have such a relatable speaker for this year’s commencement.”

Dr. Biden is a full-time English instructor at a community college in Virginia. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Delaware. She has a Master of Education with a specialty in Reading from West Chester University and a Master of Arts degree in English from Villanova University.

Bishop State Community College’s 2018 Spring Commencement will take place Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center.