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Dr. Jill Biden to Deliver 2011 Commencement Addresses

Dr. Jill Biden will deliver two commencement addresses this spring at Montgomery County Community College in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania and at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.

On Sunday, May 15th, Dr. Biden will address the 61st graduating class at Salve Regina. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1947, Salve Regina is a Catholic, coeducational university of the arts and sciences that enrolls more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world. Salve Regina University is also the home of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, which encourages international dialogue to achieve a more peaceful world and prepares citizens for an informed and active role in local, national, and world affairs. This morning event is open press; members of the media should contact Matt Boxler at or 401-341-2156. 

On Thursday, May 19th, Dr. Jill Biden will address graduates at Montgomery County Community College’s 44th Commencement Ceremony at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, PA. Montgomery County Community College has campuses in Blue Bell and Pottstown and enrolls close to 34,000 students in credit and non-credit programs.  The College has a nationally recognized, award-winning faculty committed to working closely with students to ensure their success.  Through the College’s work in the Achieving the Dream effort, they have made notable progress in the areas of developmental studies. This evening event is open press; members of the media should contact Alana Mauger at 215-641-6359 or

Dr. Biden, an educator of 30 years, has taught English in community colleges for the past 18 years and continues to teach English courses at a community college in Northern Virginia.  Last year, Dr. Biden addressed the University of Delaware’s winter graduating class and spoke at the Columbia University Teachers’ College Doctoral Commencement.