Arne Duncan to Deliver Howard University's 144th Commencement Address
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, has been named as the 2012
orator for Howard University’s 144th Commencement Convocation, Saturday,
May 12 at 10 a.m. on the Upper Quadrangle of the main campus.
Duncan was named Education Secretary by President Barack Obama and was
confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 20, 2009. Prior to his appointment,
Duncan served as the chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools from
2001 through 2008, the longest-serving tenure of any big-city education
superintendent in the country.
Before joining the Chicago Public Schools, Duncan ran the Ariel
Education Initiative (1992–1998), a nonprofit focused on advancing
educational opportunities in economically disadvantaged areas. Duncan
has also served on the Board of Overseers for Harvard College, the
Visiting Committees for Harvard University's Graduate School of
Education and the University of Chicago's School of Social Service
From 1987 to 1991, Duncan played professional basketball in Australia,
where he worked with children who were wards of the state. Duncan
graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987.