Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to speak at FAMU commencement

Austin one of four speakers for the in-person spring ceremony


Lloyd Austin III FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2015, photo, U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Lloyd Austin III, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Biden will nominate retired four-star Army general Lloyd J. Austin to be secretary of defense. That's according to three people familiar with the decision who spoke on condition of anonymity because the selection hadn't been formally announced. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
By: Norman Dotson Jr./BNC Digital

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will deliver a keynote address later this month at Florida A&M University’s Spring 2021 Commencement.  

Austin, who is the first Black person to lead the Pentagon, will also oversee a Reserve Officer Training Corps commission ceremony at the commencement. 

In the announcement, FAMU said its graduating class of 17 ROTC cadets is the largest in a single semester in the last three decades. 

“Florida A&M University is honored to have Secretary Austin address our graduates. His life and career have been an inspiration to us all,” FAMU President Larry Robinson said in a release. “He is part of an impressive lineup of speakers who have agreed to celebrate our graduates with us.” 

Austin will be joined by three additional speakers delivering in-person spring commencement addresses which includes: former state Sen. Arthenia Joyner, Florida Board of Governors Vice Chair Brian Lamb and media entrepreneur Keith Clinkscales. 

According to FAMU’s website the university will host ceremonies beginning on Friday, April 23 through Sunday, April 25, 2021 at Bragg Memorial Stadium. 

“Our students, parents, faculty and staff are top priority, and the University will continue to adhere to all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Board of Governors guidelines to ensure the health and safety of everyone,” the site reads. “We look forward to celebrating this significant milestone with all of our spring 2021 graduates.