Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General to Speak at National Collegiate Preparatory School Commencement on June 10

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Holder to address some of DC’s best and brightest high school students

Attorney General of the United States, Eric H. Holder Jr. will speak to some of the District of Columbia’s best and brightest high school students when he delivers the inaugural commencement address for the National Collegiate Preparatory School.

Holder, who is the first African American United States Attorney General, will speak to the class of 2013, which includes the founding class of 53 students, during commencement service at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 10.

Founder and Executive Director of National Prep, Jennifer Ross shared that it is truly amazing and a dream come true to celebrate the accomplishments of these young men and women, and the school’s first graduation on the campus of Howard University, her alma mater.

The school’s entire graduating class has been accepted to college and will receive a combined amount of scholarship and grant money totaling more than $700,000.00.

“Graduation means more opportunities and a chance to explore the world without boundaries," said National Prep’s valedictorian, Sharayah Wilson, who will attend James Madison University to pursue a degree in nursing.

The event is open to National Prep staff, faculty, students, and families and closed to the public. Select media are invited to attend and must present a government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license), as well as valid media credentials. Press inquiries regarding logistics and RSVPs should be directed to Renee McMullen at (240) 461-9615 or

About Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Holder was sworn in as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States on Feb. 3, 2009. He is the first African American to hold that post. Prior to that, Holder was a litigation partner at Covington & Burling LLP. From 1997 to 2001, Holder served under President Clinton as the Deputy Attorney General, the first African American named to that post.

Holder is a native of New York City where he attended Columbia College, majored in American history and graduated in 1973. He received his juris doctorate from Columbia Law School in 1976. While in law school, he clerked at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense Fund and the Department of Justice’s criminal division. Upon graduating, he moved to Washington and joined the Department of Justice as part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program. He was assigned to the newly formed Public Integrity Section in 1976 and was tasked to investigate and prosecute official corruption on the local, state and federal levels. In 1988, Holder was nominated by President Reagan to become an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. In 1993, he was selected by President Clinton as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

About National Collegiate Preparatory
National Collegiate Preparatory was founded in June 2008 and opened its doors to the founding class during the 2009-2010 school year. National Collegiate Prep is a college prep international studies focused high school. In February 2011 National Collegiate Preparatory was approved as an International Baccalaureate World High School. National Prep is the only IB High School “East of the River” in Ward 8 and had its first cohort of IB students to begin studies during the 2012-2013 school year. National Prep is located in Ward 8 in the Congress Heights community, one of the poorest communities in the District of Columbia. Students at National Prep participate in a service learning trip during their junior year of high school abroad. This graduating class earned 20 hours of community service while volunteering and practicing their Spanish in Panama in spring of 2012. Each junior class has the opportunity to volunteer abroad giving them the opportunity to travel outside of the United States and learn about another culture while practicing their skills of speaking Spanish. For more information about our exciting college prep program go to and Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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