Tuskegee University President Benjamin F. Payton is announcing that U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., will be the keynote speaker for the university’s 123rd commencement exercises, 9:30 a.m. CDT May 11 in the Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Center for Aerospace Science and Health Education on campus in Tuskegee, Ala.
“We are honored to have Congressman Clyburn as our speaker for this important occasion,” Payton said. “He is one of the most powerful men in the U.S. Congress and exemplifies success and integrity, which we strive to instill in all of our students.”
Clyburn serves the 16th District of South Carolina, which he has represented since 1993. In 2006, he was unanimously elected majority whip for the 110th Congress. He is the first South Carolinian and the second African American to be chosen for the third-ranking position in the House, where he also serves as leader of the House Democrats’ Faith Working Group. Previous political posts include South Carolina Human Affairs commissioner, which he served 18 years; chair of the Congressional Black Caucus; vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus; and chair of the caucus.