RICHMOND, KY (WAVE) – First Lady Michelle Obama will address graduates of Eastern Kentucky University's Colleges of Education and Business and Technology during a spring commencement ceremony May 11.
The First Lady's speech is part of her Joining Forces initiative to assist military families. EKU has received national recognition in recent years for its commitment to help veterans further their education. The university, where more than 1,200 veterans and their dependents are seeking a higher education, earned a first place national ranking in 2010 and 2012 from Military Times magazine in its annual Best for Vets: Colleges issues.
During the 7:30 p.m. commencement ceremony, Mrs. Obama also will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from EKU.
Because of limited seating and to ensure that graduates' families are able to attend, the 7:30 p.m. ceremony will be restricted to those holding tickets. Graduating students, in addition to receiving one ticket each for personal use, will receive six additional tickets for use by family members. Remaining tickets will be distributed by general lottery.
Those who wish to submit a request for general lottery tickets must complete a form at registrar.eku.edu/lottery by no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3. The submissions will be selected at random, and individuals will be notified by the end of the business day on Monday, May 6 if their ticket request was chosen. Availability of lottery tickets is limited to two tickets per entry and one entry per person.
Former University of Kentucky President Dr. Charles Wethington will speak at a 9 a.m. May 11 commencement ceremony recognizing degree candidates in the Colleges of Health Sciences and Justice & Safety.
Kentucky author, educator and environmental activist Silas House will address graduate candidates during a 1:30 p.m. May 11 commencement ceremony for the College of Arts & Sciences.
Both the 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ceremonies will be open to the public.
Wethington will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, House an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.
In all, 1,806 bachelor's degree candidates will be recognized, plus 490 master's degree candidates, 115 associate degree candidates, 10 specialist degree candidates and seven doctoral degree candidates.