Supt. Michelle King Will Be One of the Commencement Speakers at Pepperdine University

LOS ANGELES - Michelle King, superintendent of schools for the Los Angeles Unified School District, will be one of the commencement speakers at Pepperdine University, officials at the Malibu university said Monday.

Ms. King, who manages the second-largest school district in the U.S., will address those receiving a degree from the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Education Division, the university said.

“I am proud to speak to the new graduates at Pepperdine University, who answered the call to serve and to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Ms. King, who became superintendent in January. “I’m also looking forward to greeting the students, their families and the university community and congratulating them on such a special day.”    

The event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 21 at Alumni Park on the Malibu campus. Ms. King will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the university.

Other speakers include: Raymond W. Smith, a founding partner of Arlington Capital Partners, a private equity firm; Donald R. Knabe, Los Angeles County supervisor of the Fourth District; Michael J. Powell, former chair of the Federal Communications Commission, and who is slated to receive the university’s highest honor; Linda A. Klein, a lawyer whose practice includes contract and employment law, as well as professional liability; and Rev. Andrew J. Bales, CEO of the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles.