President Barack Obama speaks at the screening of the film 'Cesar Chavez', Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The movie biopic is directed by Diego Luna about the Mexican-American labor leader Cesar Chavez. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama speaks at the screening of the film 'Cesar Chavez', Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The movie biopic is directed by Diego Luna about the Mexican-American labor leader Cesar Chavez. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Worcester Technical High School’s 2014 commencement speaker is the President of the United States, Barack Obama, the school announced today.

The announcement came in a press release from the school:

"We are honored that President Obama has chosen to address the graduates of Worcester Technical High School," said (Principal Sheila) Harrity. "As a preeminent leader and advocate for Career and Technical Education (CTE), the President's work and commitment to promoting equality of opportunity for all, will inspire the class of 2014."

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The Worcester Telegram reported that this will be the only high school graduation the president will speak at this year. According to WCVB:

Harrity said Worcester Technical High School has undergone redesign and transformed from the lowest performing school in the city and one of the lowest performing vocational schools in the state to a 2013 U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School.

A statement from the White House praises the school’s progress, The Boston Globe reports:

"Worcester Tech has made outstanding headway in boosting its graduation rate, implementing cutting edge vocational programs, and ensuring that all of its students have the opportunity to succeed," White House spokesman Keith Maley said in a statement.