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Wesley College announces Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester as Commencement Speaker

Posted April 11th, 2019 at 1:45pm

Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester will deliver the keynote address for Wesley College’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony on May 11th in Dover.

Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester

“We are very excited to welcome Congresswoman Blunt Rochester back home to Wesley College,” said Wesley College President Robert E. Clark II. “She has been a steadfast supporter of our students, campus and community. We are very humbled that she has chosen to be our commencement speaker and look forward to her inspirational message.”

Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester represents Delaware in the U.S. House of Representatives and serves as an Assistant Whip for House Leadership. She sits on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The committee has broad jurisdiction over health care, the environment, commerce and trade, energy policy, telecommunications, manufacturing, and consumer protection.  In the 115th Congress, she was a member of the House Committee on Agriculture – the first Delawarean to serve on the committee in over 120 years. In this role, she helped craft the 2018 Farm Bill, which is a five-year re-authorization that extends U.S. Department of Agriculture programs related to the farm safety net; nutrition programs that feed children, seniors, people with disabilities, and families who rely on the social support programs; land-grant and 1890 universities; and agriculture research.

With deep roots in the First State, Congresswoman Blunt Rochester grew up in Wilmington, and began her distinguished career in public service as an intern and later Caseworker in a congressional office where she helped Delawareans with their Social Security benefits, disability insurance claims, IRS disputes, and housing needs. Congresswoman Blunt Rochester would go on to serve in the cabinets of two Delaware governors and as CEO of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League – an action-oriented, public policy research think-tank.

To learn more about Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, please visit – https://bluntrochester.house.gov/.

For additional information about commencement visit http://wesley.edu/academics/commencement-information.