Image

3:25 AM / Tuesday May 26, 2020

22 Apr 2016

From CCP to the White House: Deesha Dyer 2016 Commencement Speaker Community College of Philadelphia

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
April 22, 2016 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  White House Social Secretary Deesha Dyer, left, before the 2014 National Medal of Arts awards ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Deesha Dyer, alumna who traveled from Community College of Philadelphia to the White House, to speak May 7th at Commencement

Deesha Dyer will serve as Community College of Philadelphia’s 2016 Commencement Speaker.

Dyer was unable to join her fellow graduates at Community College of Philadelphia’s 2012 Commencement. She had good reason, however, she was working at the White House, and traveling with President Barack Obama. Deesha finished her degree while still in Washington, DC, completing her final classes online. Four years later, as the White House Social Secretary, she will return to Philadelphia—to pick up her associate’s degree in front of her family and friends and serve as the speaker at Community College of Philadelphia’s 50th Commencement.

Dyer returns to an institution that has supported the President’s College Promise campaign by developing the 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, which offers tuition at no-cost for low-income, qualified students graduating from Philadelphia high schools.

The commencement will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at The Liacouras Center, located at 1776 North Broad St.

“I’m very honored to have the chance to come back home and speak at my alma mater. Without Community College of Philadelphia, I would have never made it to the White House. I hope my journey from Community College of Philadelphia to the White House will inspire the graduates to continue to pursue their dreams and use their degrees to better their communities,” said Dyer.

Image

About Deesha Dyer

Dyer was raised in both Philadelphia and Hershey, where she attended the Milton Hershey School. She started at the White House in 2009, at the age of 31, after applying for an internship in the Office of Scheduling and Advance. She was hired full-time in 2010 as the Associate Director for Scheduling Correspondence, and moved on to become the Deputy Director and Hotel Program Director in 2011.  In that role, Dyer traveled with the President and First Lady working on press, lodging, and site logistics. She was promoted to Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary in 2013. Dyer is currently Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary.

As many Community College of Philadelphia graduates do, Dyer has also maintained a long-standing commitment to community advocacy in several capacities, including her role working with young adults at the Youth Health Empowerment Project; as creator of a hip-hop AIDS program based in Philadelphia; as a CARE advocacy volunteer and as a board member at Action AIDS.  She currently volunteers with the homeless community in Alexandria, VA, and mentors young girls for a global empowerment program in Philadelphia. She also serves as a mentor in the First Lady’s mentee program.   

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Health

Don’t ignore heart attack symptoms, even during COVID-19

May 22, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT It’s your heart. Don’t hesitate. If you’re experiencing symptoms of a heart...

Commentary

Public health must come first before reopening the economy

May 22, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email By City Councilmembers Darrell L. Clarke, Cherelle Parker, Curtis Jones Jr. and Mark...

Go With The-Flo

Boris Kodjoe and wife Nicole Ari Parker give away over 100,000 face masks as a way to support “our heroes”

May 22, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker (Photo: s_bukley / Shutterstock) By...

Entertainment

Daveed Diggs lets out his inner sci-fi fan in ‘Snowpiercer’

May 22, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Daveed Diggs, left, and Jennifer Connelly from the sci-fi series “Snowpiercer.”...

Sun Report

Court rejects lawsuit to delay mail-in ballot deadline

May 22, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state Supreme Court on Friday dismissed...

Sports

Michael Jordan’s daughter learns more about her dad

May 22, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: This Aug. 18, 2012 file photo shows Jasmine Jordan, daughter of...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff