“America’s Doctor” Regina Benjamin will deliver the commencement address to more than 500 graduates at Spelman College and receive an honorary degree on Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center.
Benjamin is the United States Surgeon General and a medical trailblazer with accolades like the first physician under age 40 and the first African-American woman to be elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees in 1995.
“As an accomplished medical professional whose top concern is the health and wellness of the nation and American citizens abroad, Dr. Benjamin is an exemplary role model for Spelman students,” said Spelman President Beverly Daniel Tatum. “Her passion and persistence in providing health care to those without access is inspiring, and so consistent with the values of Spelman College. We are delighted that she will address the graduating class as they go out into the world to pursue their own passions, and become the thought leaders and change agents they have been educated to become.”