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Post’s King and DC Chamber’s Lang Will Highlight UDC’s 36th Commencement

Washington Post Pulitzer Prize winner and columnist Colbert I. King and DC Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Barbara Lang will receive honorary degrees during the University of the District of Columbia’s 36th Commencement Exercise, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.

Elaine A. Crider, DHSc, Chair, UDC Board of Trustees, will confer honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees upon King and Lang. UDC Interim President James E. Lyons, Sr., PhD, will deliver the Commencement Address.

Colbert I. "Colby" King, a native Washingtonian, is a weekly columnist for The Washington Post, specializing in urban and national affairs. His column appears on Saturdays.

King is a regular panelist on the public-affairs program "Inside Washington" on ABC-TV and a regular commentator on WTOP Radio, where he was awarded the 2005 Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association's award for outstanding editorial commentary. He won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 2003.

King holds the bachelor’s degree in government, which he earned in 1961 at Howard University, and where he also pursued graduate work in public administration.  Military officer, public official, banker, and journalist are all fitting appellations for this extraordinary citizen of the nation and the world. King and his wife, Gwendolyn, live in Washington, DC.

The recipient of many recognitions, and widely recognized for her leadership in business and commerce, Barbara Lang is a respected operative in the Greater Washington, DC metropolitan area, providing networking opportunities for political and business locals in the nation’s capital and beyond.  Since March 2002, Lang has been president and chief executive officer of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, a 2,000-member organization, where she is responsible for day-to-day and strategic operations. Under her leadership, the Chamber has provided strong advocacy for the District of Columbia as a prime venue for development, entertainment, tourism, and other business concerns.

Lang holds the bachelor’s degree in business from Edward Waters College (Jacksonville, FL), and has completed graduate courses at Harvard University.  She is a 1999 graduate of Fannie Mae’s Executive Development Program and a 2001 graduate of Leadership Washington.  In 2007, Lang was awarded the honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Trinity University. She and her husband, Gerald, live in Washington, DC.

Lyons was appointed as new Interim President on March 20, 2013, bringing an impressive academic history having served as president of four universities over three decades, on numerous higher education boards, and recently as Secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission, where he helped establish policies for Maryland’s public and private colleges and universities.

Commencement Note: Graduates are expected to arrive at 8:00 AM.  Doors will open for guests at 9:00 AM.  It has been highly recommended that first option for transportation is public transportation, including Metro.  Nearest Metro Stop is Mount Vernon Square Station-green and yellow lines. For further information, please see our Commencement web page.