by Alana J. Mauger
Dr. Jill Biden will deliver the Commencement keynote address to Montgomery County Community College graduates on May 19 at 7 p.m. at the Valley Forge Convention Center, King of Prussia, Pa.
An educator for more than 30 years, Dr. Biden has spent the past 18 years of her career teaching English at community colleges. Since arriving at the White House, she has promoted community colleges as being uniquely positioned to graduate more Americans with the skills that businesses need to compete in the 21st century.
According to a White House press release announcing Dr. Biden’s visit, MCCC was cited for its nationally recognized, award-winning faculty who are committed to working closely with students to ensure their success.
The College recently earned national recognition from Achieving the Dream and the Lumina Foundation for its leveraging of data to impact student success and completion. Since joining the Achieving the Dream initiative in 2006, the College has worked to reduce achievement gaps for specific cohorts of students, especially for students who place in pre-college level courses.
The College’s 2011 graduating class is the largest in the College’s history, with close to 1,500 expected graduates – a 13 percent increase over last year.
Prior to speaking at Montgomery County Community College, Dr. Biden will address the 61st graduating class at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island on May 15.