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Release Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 1:47 PM
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Sholnn Freeman
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Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker
to Deliver Convocation Address

WASHINGTON (August 27, 2013) – Howard University alumnus and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, will serve as keynote speaker at Howard University’s 146th Convocation, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. in Cramton Auditorium on the main campus.

Prince George’s County is the highest income African-American-majority county in America and the second-largest jurisdiction by population in the state of Maryland. Since taking office, Baker (J.D. ‘86) has worked closely with other state and regional leaders to pursue positive changes in health care, education and public safety. The result has been rising test scores and significant reductions in overall crime.

Baker started his political career in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 22-B from 1994 to 2003. He was chair of the Prince George’s County delegation from 1999 to 2003 when he earned a reputation for being a consensus builder, an honest professional, and a tough, well-respected leader.

He is a member of the Howard University Alumni Association, the Maryland chapter of the NAACP, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Baker and his wife, Christa, live in Prince George’s County, where they have raised three children.

Opening convocation at Howard University is a time-honored tradition, officially signaling the start of the academic year. The ceremony serves as a welcoming event for new students and an opportunity to recognize recent achievements at the University. The event is free and open to the public.

Rushern L. Baker, III


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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