President Obama delivered his commencement speech at Morehouse College, the historically black, all-male institution that counts Martin Luther King Jr. among its alumni.
President Obama and Morehouse president John Silvanus Wilson Jr., stand together on stage during the Morehouse College 129th Commencement ceremony in Atlanta on Sunday and the men of Morehouse was ever so proud to be a part of history.
What was even more amazing is a father and son who graduated together, Mr. Joyner Sr had already attended Morehouse 20 years ago, but left to start a career as a data analyst. He returned to school in 2010 to follow his passion for law.
He majored in religion and now plans to attend law school. His 23-year-old son now plans to attend film school and work with the Peace Corps.
The father and son were not in the same classes, but did share some teachers in common. Mr. Joyner Sr said that his son doesn’t call him Dad, preferring Dorian.
Joyner Jr told ABC news: ‘I’m definitely proud of him. I’m proud of him as a man to go back and fulfill a degree…The fact that he took the opportunity to find financing and time to go back to school while maintaining a social life and a family is very astounding. That’s hard to do.’
This is President Obama’s second graduation speech of the year. Last Sunday, he urged graduates of Ohio State University in Columbus to become vigorous participants in their democracy.
After the speech, Pres. Obama is scheduled to attend a Democratic Senate fundraiser in Atlanta.
President Obama’s third and final commencement address of the season comes on Friday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
son: Dorian Joyner – father both earned degrees at Morehouse College