Senior White House Official to Deliver Commencement Address at Hope Academy

Hope Academy’s eighth commencement ceremony will honor 13 graduates in recovery from substance use disorders. Hope Academy is a specialized high school for students from Indiana who have had primary treatment for alcohol/drug addiction and/or are in recovery and engaged in a recovery-based lifestyle.

Hope Academy Commencement on Saturday, May 31 will begin with a processional at 11:00 a.m. The keynote address will be delivered by Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy(ONDCP) and President Obama’s top drug policy advisor. The ceremony will include speeches from a past Hope Academy graduate, the 2014 valedictorian, the school’s principal, chief executive officer, chief operating officer and board chairman. Graduation will be immediately followed by a short reception.

The Hope Academy graduation ceremony celebrates the academic and sobriety accomplishments of the school’s eighth graduating class. Over the past several years, the White House has placed an emphasis on supporting the roughly 23 million Americans in long term recovery from substance use disorders. As the director of ONDCP, and a person in long-term recovery himself, Director Botticelli is committed to supporting recovery schools like Hope Academy across the country.