April 17, 2013
CROWNPOINT, NM – Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden will deliver the commencement address this spring at Navajo Technical College (NTC) in Crownpoint, NM. Dr. Biden, an educator for more than 30 years, continues to teach English full-time at a community college in Northern Virginia.
On Friday, May 17, Dr. Biden will address the 33rd graduating class of Navajo Technical College, one of two tribal colleges serving the Navajo Nation. NTC was recently recognized for the second consecutive year by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program as being one of the top 120 community colleges in the United States, in part because of its graduation rate near 80 percent.
NTC offers 20 certificate programs, 15 associate degrees, and six baccalaureate degrees to a student population of nearly 1,800 students. Many of the programs at NTC are designed to help the Navajo Nation develop economic development opportunities and sources of employment on or near the Reservation. Through this approach, NTC has developed partnerships and collaborations with other universities, including Arizona State University, the private sector, and federal agencies.
This event is open to the press. Members of the media should contact Daniel Vandever, NTC public information officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505.786.4173.