Donna Brazile, a renowned political commentator  and vice chair of Voter Registration and Participation for the Democratic National Committee, will deliver the  keynote address at North Carolina A&T State University’s 2011 Fall Commencement.   Brazile also will receive an honorary degree.

Commencement  ceremonies will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Greensboro Coliseum. Lineup begins at 8 a.m. with the processional following at 8:30 a.m. More than 850 students will receive degrees at this year’s commencement.

A veteran Democratic political strategist,  Brazile is also an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist and television political commentator and a former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute.  

Aside from working for the full recovery of her beloved New Orleans, Brazile’s passion is encouraging young people to vote, to work within the system to strengthen it, and to run for public office.

A New Orleans native,  she began her political career at the age of nine when she worked to elect a city council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood; the candidate won, the swing sets were installed, and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited. Four decades and innumerable state and local campaigns later, Brazile has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore, becoming the first African-American woman to manage a presidential campaign.

Author of the best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics,  Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a syndicated newspaper columnist for United Media, a columnist for Ms. Magazine and O Magazine, and an on-air contributor to CNN, NPR, and ABC, where she regularly appears on This Week.

In August 2009, O, The Oprah Magazine chose Brazile as one of its 20 “remarkable visionaries” for the magazine’s first-ever O Power List. In addition, she was named among the 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian magazine, Top 50 Women in America by Essence magazine, and received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s highest award for political achievement. A former member of the board of directors of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, responsible for leading the state’s rebuilding process in the aftermath of two catastrophic hurricanes.  Brazile is the proud recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from Louisiana State University and Xavier University of Louisiana, the only historically Black, Catholic institution of higher education in the United States. She is founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, D.C.