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O’Malley, NIH Director Among Local High School Commencement Speakers

By Aaron Kraut

Friday - 5/23/2014, 9:35am  ET

Martin O'Malley, via State of Maryland Francis Collins, via NIH Donald Verrilli, via Department of Justice

Gov. Martin O’Malley will speak to Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School graduates next week in a commencement speech that will be live streamed.

O’Malley, the term-limited governor exploring a primary presidential run, is known mostly for his time in Annapolis and as mayor of Baltimore.

But until age 8, O’Malley lived in the shadow of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, in a house on Sleaford Road. He went to Our Lady of Lourdes School just across Pearl Street before heading to Gonzaga College High School in D.C.

B-CC’s graduation ceremony is set for 10 a.m. on May 29 at DAR Constitution Hall in D.C. DAR will provide a live stream of all MCPS high school graduations there. MCPS is also encouraging attendees to provide photos.

Walter Johnson High School’s graduation ceremony will also be at DAR. NIH Director Francis Collins, the noted physician-geneticist also known for his guitar work, will speak in a ceremony that begins at 2:30 p.m. on May 30.

Walt Whitman High School seniors are set to graduate in a ceremony starting at 2:30 p.m. on June 11. U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. will be the speaker.

More than 10,000 MCPS students are expected to receive diplomas in the next few weeks.