Jill Biden will deliver Navajo Technical College commencement address
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New Mexico: Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will deliver this years commencement address at Navajo Technical College in Crownpoint.
Biden will address the school's 33rd graduating class, which includes about 200 students, on May 17.
Navajo Tech President Elmer J. Guy said he was honored that Biden accepted the school's invitation to speak.
"It's unbelievable. It's a blessing," Guy said. "We work hard to build our students and encourage them to get trained and educated to be a powerful work force for the Navajo Nation. This adds to the work we have been doing."
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered last year's commencement speech.
For two consecutive years, Navajo Technical College has been named among the top 120 community colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.
"Dr. Biden really advocates for community colleges across the country," Guy said. "(She) recognizes the work of community colleges and how important it is in the educational field for preparing students for careers."
Guy hopes Biden will speak of the importance of education, community colleges and higher education in Native American communities.
"I think (her speech) will highlight the importance of tribal colleges and universities play and how we impact the economy in our poor communities," Guy said.
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