First Lady Michelle Obama to Speak at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 2010 Commencement

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First Lady Michelle Obama will be the keynote speaker for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s (UAPB) 2010 Spring Commencement exercise on Saturday, May 8 at 3 p.m. The university announced today that the event will be broadcast live on UAPB Channel 24 and streamed online via

History of the University

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is a historically Black university located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Founded in 1873, it is the oldest HBCU and the second oldest public institution in the state in Arkansas (after the University of Arkansas).

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, was founded in 1873 as the Branch Normal College; it was nominally part of the “normal” (education) department of Arkansas Industrial University, later the University of Arkansas, but was operated separately due to segregation. It later became a land-grant college under the 1890 amendments to Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act, which required states which did not open their land-grant university to all races to establish a separate land-grant university for each race. The school severed its ties with the University of Arkansas and became Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical & Normal (AM&N) College in 1927; it moved to its current campus location in 1929. The school re-joined what is now the University of Arkansas System in 1972, this time as a full-fledged campus, gaining its current name and university status in the process.

Since 1988, the university has gained recognition as a leading research institution in aquaculture studies, offering the state’s only comprehensive program in this field, and supporting a growing regional industry throughout the Mid-South (according to the school, aquaculture is a $167 million industry in Arkansas alone and approximately $1.2 billion in the Mississippi Delta region).

The Examiner notes that,  this month, President Obama, the First Lady, and officials from throughout the Administration will deliver commencement addresses to Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation.  In total, eleven HBCUs will receive commencement addresses from Obama Administration officials this year.

Other officials participating in graduation ceremonies include Secretary Robert Gates, Department of Defense (Morehouse College)Secretary Arne Duncan, Department of Education (Xavier University), Administrator Charles Bolden, NASA (Huston-Tillotson University), Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President (Morgan State University)Melody Barnes, Director, White House Domestic Policy Council (Virginia Union University), and Ambassador Susan Rice, United Nations (Spellman College). In addition, John Wilson, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, is scheduled to speak to Wilberforce University, Wiley College, and Harris-Stowe State University.

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7 responses to “First Lady Michelle Obama to Speak at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 2010 Commencement

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  4. Janie R. Hill Hatton

    Alma Mater was my saving grace and prepared me to serve in the most important profession – education.
    How blessed we were to have an intelligent, self-advocating and compassionate First Lady to deliver the commencement address. Further, I was esteemed to see my classmate Ms. Ruby Black Johnson, Class of 1972 (the last class for Ark. A.M.& N. College as it transitioned to become UAPB) and also my sorority sister (DST – The Fine Fall Line of ’69 absolutely).

    Golden Lions Roar,
    Janie Hill Hatton
    Modern Foreign Languages Major
    First National Principal of the Year – 1993
    Langston High School Alum – Hot Springs, AR

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  7. wayne

    I came all the way from new york state to attend UAPB.It is a top notch University,that is why Mrs Obama spoke there.Class of 1988

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