*President Barack Obama will be the commencement speaker at Hampton University in May, the university announced Thursday.

“We are honored that President Obama has accepted Hampton’s invitation to speak to our 2010 graduates during our commencement exercises,” HU President William R. Harvey said in a statement.

Harvey broke the news to students during a Town Hall meeting at the campus student center.

“The reaction was great,” said university spokeswoman Yuri Rodgers Milligan, according to the Daily Press. “Everybody jumped up and cheered.”

Harvey said of the president, “His commitment to leadership, education and service is parallel to Hampton’s mission from our beginning in 1868. …He is an inspiration for our students to make the world a better place by becoming the very best leaders, educators, doctors, lawyers, financial analysts and scientists that they can be.”