University announces fall 2019 commencement speaker

Former mayor of Philadelphia to address fall graduates

University announces fall 2019 commencement speaker
Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will address fall 2019 graduates.

Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will deliver the commencement address at American University’s fall commencement ceremony, the University announced on Thursday. 

Nutter is the inaugural David N. Dinkins professor of professional practice in urban and public affairs at Columbia University. Hewill also receive an honorary doctorate of public service during the ceremony. 

“Michael Nutter’s service to the city of Philadelphia delivered results that improved the quality of life for the people of his hometown,” President Sylvia Burwell said in her press release. “He brought that same spirit of service and leadership to his roles convening mayors from across the United States and inspiring the next generation of changemakers at institutions of higher learning across the country. I can think of no better speaker to inspire our final graduating class of the decade.”

As mayor of Philadelphia, Nutter helped manage the city through its most recent economic downturn and got its credit rating updated to “A” by three major credit agencies since the 1970s. 

About 700 students from all schools will receive their degrees at the fall commencement ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, Dec. 15 in Bender Arena. 

“Every university commencement is special,” Nutter said, in the University’s press release. “It’s a celebration of a culmination of commitment, hard work and learning. I am so proud of these young men and women and excited for the change and impact that they will have on the nation and the world.” 

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