President Biden To Deliver Keynote at South Carolina State Commencement

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President Joe Biden will be delivering the keynote commencement to South Carolina State University graduates on Friday, marking his first return to the state since he was elected. 

President Joe Biden will be taking a break from his White House duties to address graduates of South Carolina State University on Friday, Dec. 17. 

The university announced on Saturday that the 46th and current president will speak at the fall commencement, saying they are honored and grateful to host Biden as he addresses graduates who are charting the path for their future. 

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“Our students will no doubt remember his words for the rest of their lives,” said interim SC State President Alexander Conyers. “This is indeed a privilege for all here at SC State.” 

Congressman James E. Clyburn was originally set to be the keynote speaker, but due to his personal obligations, he invited President Biden to speak instead. The congressman will be walking with graduates to earn his own degree, which he did not receive in 1961 because December ceremonies were not held at the time. 

“I am pleased to welcome President Biden back to my alma mater. The last time he was on this campus, he came to win the hearts and minds of this community. This week he will return to share with the newest graduates of South Carolina State what he is doing for them, for their families, and their community to ensure that they have access to America’s greatness,” said Congressman Clyburn. 

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US News reported South Carolina played a key part in Biden’s campaign for president, with Clyburn publicly endorsing his old friend and political ally at the time. Biden won the state of South Carolina by approximately 30 percentage points.

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