UDC Honors Businesswoman, Journalist at 36th Commencement

5/21/2013, 4:55 p.m.

The head of the D.C's Chamber of Commerce and an award-winning journalist received honorary degrees from the University of the District of Columbia during the school's 36th annual commencement earlier this month.

Chamber President and CEO Barbara Lang and Colbert I. King, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, joined nearly 400 graduates, including class valedictorian Natasha Bennett, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the May 11 ceremony.

Lang, a well-respected business leader in the region who took over the Chamber's day-to-day operations in 2002, said she was "humbled" by the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, which she and King both received.

"UDC is an incredibly important part of our community, and its graduates bring great value to the DC metropolitan area's business and industrial communities," she said. "We want UDC's graduates to stay in our city, become entrepreneurs or begin to climb the corporate ladder. They are our future business leaders, and a bright future it is."

King, a D.C. native, is a regular panelist on the public-affairs program "Inside Washington" on ABC-TV and a regular commentator on WTOP Radio, where he was awarded the 2005 Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association's award for outstanding editorial commentary. He won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 2003.