Dean James Ryan and the Harvard Graduate School of Education Speakers Committee announced today that Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), will address graduates and their families at the 2016 Convocation ceremony on May 25.

“Freeman Hrabowski is a singularly successful scholar and education leader. He has dedicated his career to improving opportunity for students from all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, and is an outspoken advocate for science and math education,” Ryan said. “As president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, he has embraced an entrepreneurial and ambitious mindset that has rightly earned him a place as one of the country’s most innovative and influential education leaders. We are fortunate to have him as our Convocation speaker, and I’m truly looking forward to hearing him address the HGSE Class of 2016.”

“These graduates will shape the lives of thousands of young people and the future of our country. I am honored to be addressing these leaders as they begin this next phase in their lives,” said Hrabowski.

Hrabowski — a prominent child Civil Rights activist of the 1960s — has long advocated for minority rights and education throughout his career as an activist, educator, administrator, author, and consultant.

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