Obama To Speak At Barnard Graduation, Continue Supporting Girl Power
5:00 pm, March 4th | by Laura Donovan
Second semester Barnard College seniors will be entering a bleak economy after graduation, but at least the president will have spoken at their commencement ceremony!
The girls-only institution of higher education announced over the weekend that President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at the spring 2012 graduation. Good old Barry will be talking to around “600 members of the Class of 2012″ and receive the Barnard Medal of Distinction, the College’s highest honor. Barnard President Debora L. Spar said of Obama’s upcoming appearance:
“This is an extraordinary honor for Barnard and we are thrilled to welcome President Obama for this important moment in the lives of our graduates and their families. His commitment to empowering women is so meaningful to our students, who aspire to lead and make their mark on the world. No doubt, the President’s words will make this year’s Commencement truly unforgettable.”
Unlike Rush Limbaugh, Obama made a lot of women proud last week, both for his decision to speak at the Barnard graduation and phone call to Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke. In the aftermath of Limbaugh calling her a “slut” and a “prostitute” for wanting to testify in favor of religious institutions and employers covering contraception, Fluke received a call from the president, who encouraged her to keep standing up for women’s rights and said her parents should be very proud. Michelle Obama, you picked well.