U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to deliver Alcorn’s Commencement address

America’s highest-ranking agriculture official will serve as this year’s Commencement speaker at Alcorn State University.

Tom Vilsack, the 32nd United States Secretary of Agriculture, will deliver the keynote address during Alcorn’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. in the Jack Spinks – Marino Casem Stadium.

“We are grateful that Secretary Vilsack graciously accepted the invitation to share words of wisdom with our students during such a momentous occasion in their lives,” said Dr. Felecia M. Nave, president of Alcorn State. “Agriculture is the number one economic driver in the state of Mississippi, and as America’s first public land grant HBCU, we are excited to welcome him to our state and the Alcorn campus. His work to provide access to healthy food and eliminate barriers for underserved communities is admirable.”

Under Secretary Vilsack’s leadership, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is restoring the American economy, strengthening rural and historically underserved communities, responding to climate change threats, creating good-paying jobs for American workers and the next generation of agricultural leaders, and investing in our kids, the Department of Agriculture is building back better.

Through the creation of more, better, and fairer markets, Secretary Vilsack is transforming the food system and ensuring that the food system of today and tomorrow is more competitive and resilient. It will also offer consumers affordable, nutritious food grown closer to home.

Producers, farmers, and ranchers face climate change challenges, from excessive droughts to more extreme fires. USDA engages the agriculture and forestry sectors in voluntary, incentive-based climate solutions to improve producers’ resiliency and build wealth in rural communities. As part of USDA’s efforts to adapt to and mitigate climate change, it is investing in science and research.

Secretary Vilsack continues to take bold, historic action to reduce barriers to access for historically underserved communities. By ensuring all aspects of civil rights and equity are integrated, USDA is rooting out generations of systemic racism and building systems and programs inclusive of all USDA employees and customers.

He is also focused on ensuring Americans have consistent access to safe, healthy, and affordable food. USDA is investing in bold solutions that enhance food safety, improve the various far-reaching and powerful nutrition programs in the Department, and reduce food and nutrition insecurity in America.