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Former Obama official Todd Park announced as commencement speaker for virtual May ceremony

Park’s online address will accompany the first in-person commencement processions since the pandemic began

Former Obama administration official and health care entrepreneur Todd Park will serve as commencement speaker for the May 8 virtual graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021, American University announced Wednesday. 

A graduate of Harvard University, Park served as the U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President under the Obama administration. He is currently the co-founder and executive chairman at Devoted Health, a Massachusetts-based healthcare company serving seniors. 

The University announced its plans last week for in-person commencement ceremonies for all 2020 and spring 2021 graduates. A virtual ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on May 8, with celebrations continuing through the following weekend. 

“It is an incredible privilege to address AU’s Class of 2021,” Park said in the University’s announcement. “In this pivotal moment, the nation and the world need the remarkable talents and energy of AU graduates more than ever, and I look forward to honoring them and providing them with the best advice I can as they begin their journeys as changemakers in a changing world.”  

The Washington College of Law will hold a virtual celebration on May 23 featuring an address by Maryland Congressman and WCL Professor Emeritus Jamie Raskin, the University also announced Wednesday. Raskin taught at WCL for more than a quarter-century and co-founded the Program on Law and Government as well as the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. 

Raskin served as the lead House impeachment manager during the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in February. 

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