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Hillary Clinton Will Be the Commencement Speaker at Medgar Evers College

April 7, 2017

“I want our students to see strong women who are capable of being able to lead," the school's president said.

Hillary Clinton will give a commencement speech in June at Medgar Evers College, a Brooklyn school that’s part of the City University of New York system.

The college’s president is expected to announce plans for her June 8 address on Friday, the New York Times reports. It will be the second year in a row a CUNY school will celebrate graduation with a first lady — Last year, Michelle Obama gave an address to the university system’s flagship college, the City University of New York.

“I could not think of a better match for a graduation speaker given that so many things that she has talked about are incredibly important to the student population — affordability, tuition, being able to avoid these ridiculous conversations about immigration,” Rudolph F. Crew, the president of Medgar Evers, told the Times. “I want our students to see strong women who are capable of being able to lead.”

On Thursday, Clinton spoke at the Women of the World conference in New York City, where she touched upon the challenge of winning a U.S. presidential election as a woman.

“In this election, there was a very real struggle between what is viewed as change that is welcome and exciting to so many Americans and change that is worrisome and threatening to so many others,” she said. “You layer on the first woman president over that, and I think that some people — women included — had some problems.”

Clinton is also scheduled to deliver the commencement address at her alma matter, Wellesley College, on May 26.