LOS ANGELES – First Lady Jill Biden will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony of Los Angeles City College on June 7, officials announced Tuesday.
“We are very pleased and extremely honored that the First Lady of the United States is joining us this year. We love her,” said LACC President Mary Gallagher. Biden has been our champion for years, and it’s amazing to have him here for our first in-person debut in three years. This will be the most important and memorable start in the 93-year history of our college.”
Biden has long favored higher education, especially community colleges. She is a professor in the Department of English at Northern Virginia Community College, making her the first president’s wife to work full-time outside the White House.
She also appeared at LACC in 2016, when her husband was vice president, to announce the launch of the Los Angeles College Promise Program, offering free tuition to all new, full-time students in the Los Angeles Community College District.
Beginning at 5 p.m. at the Greek Theater at 2700 N. Vermont Ave. It will be streamed live on the LACC website. More than one thousand students are expected to participate in it.
Members of the LACC classes of 2020 and 2021 are also invited to participate. The in-person graduation ceremony for those classes was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although there were virtual ceremonies of graduations, the college decided to give those students the opportunity to appear in person with the first lady.