Dr. Ben Carson speaking at Grove City College commencement

Courtesy: WLNS

GROVE CITY, Pa. (WYTV) – Republican presidential candidate and neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson will address the newest graduates of Grove City College during Saturday’s commencement, according to a news release from the college.

Carson is filling in for conservative author William J. Bennett, who was scheduled to speak but had to decline unexpectedly.

Before running for president, Carson served as an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for 29 years. He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008 and the 2006 Spingarn Medal by the NAACP.

Carson is also an author and has served on the board of directors of several organizations, including the Kellogg Company and Costco Wholesale Corporation.

“Dr. Carson’s story of his journey from extreme poverty to becoming one of America’s leading physicians will certainly inspire our students. His address entitled, ‘The Power of Knowledge,’ promises to resonate with the nearly 600 students who will be celebrating their own academic achievements,” President Paul McNulty said. “Grove City College deeply appreciates Dr. Carson’s gracious offer to step in as our esteemed speaker on such short notice.”

The college also will confer an honorary Doctor of Science degree to Dr. Carson during the ceremony, in recognition of his contributions in advancing medical science.

Commencement is slated for 10 a.m. Saturday on the Quad, between Harbison Chapel and Crawford Hall, on the campus of Grove City College. In case of inclement weather, Commencement will be held in the Arena of the Physical Learning Center, for advance ticket holders only.

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