Anthony Foxx to deliver Livingstone commencement address

  • Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 12:42 p.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 12:43 p.m.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, AP photo
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, AP photo

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, nominated this week to become the next Secretary of Transportation, will deliver the commencement address at Livingstone College on Saturday. Commencement begins at 10 a.m. in Alumni Memorial Stadium.

If confirmed, Foxx will replace outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and become the second African-American serving in President Barack Obama’s cabinet.

Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. said he asked Foxx to be the College’s 131st commencement speaker because Foxx is an excellent role model and has defied the odds. Foxx, a Charlotte native, was raised by his mother and his grandparents. Despite growing up in a single-parent household, Foxx earned a law degree from New York University’s School of Law as a Root-Tilden Scholar, the university’s prestigious public service scholarship. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Davidson College and is a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar and a graduate of its Leadership Institute.

Foxx has been mayor of Charlotte since 2009 and served as an at-large representative on the Charlotte City Council before becoming the Queen City’s top office holder. During his first term as mayor he led a citywide push to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Charlotte was awarded the contract to host the convention, which pumped millions of dollars into the city’s economy.

“Mayor Foxx is an outstanding young man who proves your circumstances in life don’t have to dictate whether you are successful,” Jenkins said in a news release. “Despite being raised in a single-parent home, he has accomplished some extraordinary things and is obviously headed for even higher achievements.

“Mayor Foxx is exactly the type of speaker our graduates need – a man who set lofty goals and worked diligently to achieve them,” Jenkins continued. “He has served the city of Charlotte well, and, if confirmed, I have no doubt will serve the United States well as Transportation Secretary. I am honored to have him deliver our keynote address on Saturday and am confident he will impart some sage advice to our graduating seniors.”

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