Dean James Ryan and the Harvard Graduate School of Education Speakers Committee announced today that Roberto Rodriguez, Ed.M.’98, who serves on the White House Domestic Policy Council as deputy assistant to President Obama for education, will address graduates and their families at the 2015 Convocation ceremony on May 27.

“I am delighted that Roberto Rodriguez, a 1998 graduate of HGSE, has accepted our invitation to deliver the keynote address at our annual Convocation ceremony. Since his time on Appian Way, Roberto has made significant contributions to federal education policy, working closely with both President Obama and the late Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy on key education issues,” Ryan said. “I look forward to hearing Roberto’s perspective on public service, education policy, and how his time at HGSE has prepared him for this important work.”

“The Harvard Graduate School of Education is a beacon of higher learning and educational leadership for our next generation,” said Rodriguez. “The Ed School holds a special significance for me, and I look forward to joining the class of 2015 at Convocation later this month.”

Rodriguez has a lengthy career working in various aspects of education policy and has been called a prominent and up and coming education policymaker.

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