Ejeta selected as featured speaker for commencement ceremony

April 20, 2010

Purdue University announced today (April 20) that Gebisa Ejeta will be the featured commencement speaker on Friday, May 14.

Ejeta, distinguished professor of agronomy at Purdue and the 2009 World Food Prize winner, will address graduates from the colleges of Agriculture; Consumer and Family Sciences; and Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences. President France A. Córdova will introduce Ejeta at the 8 p.m. ceremony in Elliott Hall of Music. Córdova will be the featured speaker at West Lafayette commencement ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. May 15 and at 9:30 a.m. May 16.

"The addition of a featured speaker is something we've discussed over the past few years," says Robert Kubat, Purdue university registrar. "This year, we are honored that Professor Ejeta will address our graduates. His connection to Purdue and his international stature assure that this commencement will be extra special for our 2010 graduates."

Ejeta received the World Food Prize on Oct. 15 in Des Moines, Iowa, from the World Food Prize Foundation. The award is considered the Nobel Prize of agriculture. Ejeta was selected as a World Food Prize laureate for his research leading to improved sorghum varieties in his native Ethiopia and other African nations. Sorghum is a major food crop for more than 500 million people on the African continent.