Lake Area Technical Institute has announced that President Barack Obama will be the commencement speaker for the graduating class of 2015.

Commencement is Friday May 8 at the Watertown Civic Arena. More details about the President's visit will be available in the coming days according to the White House.

The White House noted that Lake Area Tech is one of the top community colleges in the nation and is recognized for preparing students with the skills they need to compete in the 21st Century.

Lake Area Tech President Mike Cartney says,  “Imagine how meaningful obtaining your college degree becomes when the President of the United States is your commencement speaker?  I cannot even begin to explain the feeling I had when the White House called with this news! This is a once in a lifetime phone call that left me overwhelmed and speechless, yet filled with so much pride for Lake Area Tech, this community and our business partners.  My heart and thoughts go to the great district leadership, staff and students of Lake Area Tech.  Their hard work, dedication and innovation epitomize that it is not about being the best, but doing your best – and the rest will follow. This is what makes Lake Area Tech such a magical place.”