President Obama to give commencement speech at University of California, Irvine 2014 gradation

By Rebekah Penner ,

The University of California, Irvine, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in presidential fashion. President Barack Obama will be delivering the commencement speech for the class of 2014 graduation ceremony at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

The graduation will be held on Saturday, June 14 and will mark the 50th anniversary of university, which began in 1964 with President Lyndon Johnson speaking at the dedication ceremony, reports the Los Angeles Times.

UC Irvine began its campaign to book the president as early as last April when they invited initially invited Obama to speak at the event. In the following school year, a letter-writing campaign began and the students put together a video featuring center Mamadou Ndiaye of the men’s basketball team challenging the president to a one-on-one game, notes KABC.

The White House confirmed Thursday the President would speak at the event.

“We are thrilled that the president has accepted our invitation to deliver the keynote address at our commencement exercises this June," UCI Chancellor Michael V. Drake said in a statement. "We are proud of the progress we have made during the first half century and are looking forward to even greater achievements in the years to come."

In 2013, Obama spoke at the commencements for Ohio State University, Morehouse College, and the U.S. Naval Academy, according to The White House.

image courtesy of The White House

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