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U.S. Department of Education Secretary John B. King, Jr., Presented Keynote Address at MATC Spring Commencement May 13

May 13, 2016

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Dr. John B. King, Jr.John B. King, Jr., newly-appointed secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, was the keynote speaker at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s spring commencement May 13 at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. Approximately 1,400 students graduated from associate degree, technical diploma, apprentice and adult high school programs.

King served as acting secretary since the beginning of 2016 until his appointment was finalized in March. He had been principal senior adviser to former U.S. secretary of education Arne Duncan immediately before that. King was the commissioner of education for the State of New York from 2011 to 2014, and senior deputy commissioner for two years preceding that.

He also has served as a managing director with Uncommon Schools, a non-profit charter management organization that operates some of the highest-performing urban public schools in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. He also was co-founder and co-director for curriculum and instruction of Roxbury (Massachusetts) Preparatory Charter School.

King holds a juris doctor degree from Yale Law School, a doctorate and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University,

Dr. Vicki J. Martin, MATC president, officially conferred the degrees; and Kurt D. Wachholz, chairperson of the MATC District Board, addressed the assembly.

Katie Scarlett Johnston, who graduated with an associate degree from the IT-programmer/analyst program, presented the student speech. Johnston also received the Outstanding Associate Degree Graduate Award. Karen Korene, who graduated with a technical diploma in digital imaging, received the Outstanding Technical Diploma Graduate Award. Danny Gonzalez received the Outstanding Adult High School Graduate Award. Kelsey Crank, who graduated with an electronic engineering technology (2+2) associate degree, received the President's Award.