According to Morehouse, a historically black college and university for men, it was the first time a sitting president has given a May commencement address in Georgia.
It is the first time in 75 years that a sitting president has delivered any commencement speech in Georgia.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a summer commencement address at the University of Georgia in 1938.
Eaves is the author of the 2009 book, “The Morehouse Mystique: Lessons to Develop Black Men,” which explores the challenges of being black and male in America.
It also examines Morehouse’s approach to leadership development, which has produced alumni like Nobel Peace Prize laureate and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., class of 1948, and the first black mayor of Atlanta, Maynard H. Jackson, class of 1956.