President Barack Obama will not attend Muhammad Ali’s public funeral on Friday due to a conflict with his daughter Malia’s graduation, the White House confirmed Tuesday.
The memorial service in Ali’s hometown of Louisville is expected to draw up to 15,000 people, including international leaders like Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and King Abdullah of Jordan.
Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are sending a letter that will be read by White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett at the memorial service.
Former President Bill Clinton will be among those giving eulogies, while actor Will Smith and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis will be pallbearers.
Ali passed away last Friday at the age of 74.