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Jill Biden to speak at Villanova commencement

Jill Biden, seen here in 2012, is Villanova´s commencement speaker. The ceremony is today, May 16, 2014. (SHARON GEKOSKI-KIMMEL / Staff Photographer)
Jill Biden, seen here in 2012, is Villanova's commencement speaker. The ceremony is today, May 16, 2014. (SHARON GEKOSKI-KIMMEL / Staff Photographer)

DELAWARE COUNTY

Jill Biden to speak at Villanova commencement

VILLANOVA Jill Biden, a lifelong educator and the wife of Vice President Biden, is scheduled to be the commencement speaker at Villanova University's graduation on Friday.

Jill Biden, who earned a master's of arts in English from Villanova in 1991 before receiving a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware, will be awarded an honorary doctor of humanities degree.

Biden, who grew up in Willow Grove, started her education career teaching English and reading in high schools for 13 years. Since 2009, she has been a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College.

As second lady, Biden has worked to emphasize the critical role of community colleges in creating America's workforce. She recently traveled across the country as part of the "Community College to Career" tour to highlight industry partnerships between community colleges and employers. In 2010, she hosted the first White House Summit on Community Colleges with President Obama.

She is also active in supporting military families, and started the Biden Breast Health Initiative in Delaware, which over the last 21 years has educated more than 10,000 high school girls about the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

- Kathy Boccella

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