UDC News

September 20, 2009


Don Peebles to Deliver Opening Convocation Speech

Washington, DC - R. Donahue Peebles of The Peebles Corporation, a real estate development company with a $4 Billion development portfolio, will give the keynote address at the University of the District of Columbia’s 15th Annual Convocation Ceremony on September 22nd.

In May, 2009, Forbes listed Mr. Peebles in the top ten of the wealthiest black Americans in the country. He is the author, of “The Peebles Principles”, which distills the lessons he learned building his successful company and personal fortune.

Prior to founding the Peebles Corporation, Mr. Peebles was the chairman of the District of Columbia’s real estate tax appeals board. A native of Washington, DC, Mr. Peeples is recognized as the first African American to truly diversify South Florida's all-white ranks of developers. He serves as the vice chairman of the Greater Miami Conventions & Visitors Bureau, a former board member of Florida International University, and a member of the Visitors Industry Council Board. He lives with his wife and two children in Coral Gables, Florida.

WHAT: UDC Opening Convocation
WHEN: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 – 10:00 AM
WHERE: 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW – Building 46
(see a campus map here: http://www.udc.edu/campus_map.htm)


The University of the District of Columbia is the only fully-accredited public institution of higher education in the nation’s capital. As an urban land-grant university, it supports a broad mission of education, research and community service and offers bachelors and masters degrees in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The university is located at 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro. 

Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371