Odiase is one of two valedictorians at Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee.
With the clock ticking down toward a possible government shutdown, the Senate is expected to approve a bill today that would keep the government running.
The bill does not include a Republican effort to defund the Affordable Care Act.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has schedule a series of four procedural votes starting at 12:30 p.m.
Republican U.S. Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi says, “I think there’s about a 50-50 chance” of a government shutdown.