Obama Commencement Address 2009: Arizona State University

04/24/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

President Obama will speak at Arizona State University's 2009 commencement on May 13. About 8,000 students will be graduating from the Tempe public school.

"I never thought I would see a black president, let alone be at a university where he comes to speak at the commencement," said one professor. "People who never went to graduation before will want to go. They'll be ordering their regalia."

An ASU spokeswoman told the Arizona Capitol Times that the president likely accepted the university's invitation because the school's commitment to both the arts and science and technology reflects themes Obama has stressed in recent education policy speeches.

"Him choosing to come here recognizes Arizona State University and what we are doing as a leader nationwide," Keeler said. "ASU is very honored and it will be a great experience for Arizona State University students and their families."

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