President Obama will apparently be the commencement speaker this year at Barnard College, the women’s college affiliated with Columbia University. Obama graduated from Columbia in 1983.

According to Columbia:

President Barack H. Obama will deliver the keynote address at Barnard College’s 120th Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 14, at 12:30 p.m. on Columbia University’s South Lawn. He will address approximately 600 members of the Class of 2012 and receive the Barnard Medal of Distinction, the College’s highest honor. The speech will be broadcast live on

Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, was previously announced as the keynote speaker and has noted that she is happy to speak at Barnard at a later date.

Historically, the president of the United States delivers three commencement addresses annually. In 2011 Obama spoke at Miami-Dade College in Florida, the United States Coast Guard Academy, and Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee. [Image via]

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