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UDC's Spring 2012 Commencement

Congressman Lacy Clay of Missouri delivered Saturday's commencement address as 443 graduates of the University of the District of Columbia received their Juris Doctor, Master's, Bachelor's and Associate's Degrees.  A full auditorium at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center listened to Congressman Clay's rousing speech, in which he called on HBCU's to lead the way in the areas of science and technology.  Congressman Clay received an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, and President Obama's Director of the Office of Science and Technology, John Holdren, received an honorary Doctor of Science Degree.  University President Allen L. Sessoms told the graduates that "great days are ahead for this university."  He referred to the monumental renovation of the Van Ness Campus and the construction of the new student center as a signature statement on the University's commitment to sustainability.  He also referred to the University's top-to-bottom academic review as  stepping stone to more closely connecting UDC graduates to fulfilling careers.

Congressman Lacy Clay & John Holdren

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