This morning, President Sidney A. Ribeau announced that President Bill Clinton will be the speaker for the 145th Commencement ceremonies.
William Jefferson Clinton served as the 42nd president for two terms, in 1992 and 1996. During his tenure in office, Clinton’s administration successfully focused on economic expansion as well as job creation. Since The White House, he founded the William J. Clinton Foundation, a nongovernmental organization that focuses on addressing global issues such as Haiti relief, HIV/AIDS care and prevention.
The Arkansas native attended Georgetown University in 1968, where he received the Rhodes Scholarship and joined Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Beta Kappa. Clinton then went on to Yale Law School, where he met his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former U.S. Secretary of State. In 2009, he was inducted as an honorary member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
“We are thrilled that President Clinton has agreed to deliver this year’s Commencement address,” Ribeau said in the release. “As a preeminent leader, humanitarian and advocate, his extraordinary global work and commitment to public service will inspire the class of 2013 as they prepare to make their mark on the world.”
Commencement orators are chosen through the Office of the Secretary. Last year’s speaker was the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.
The commencement ceremonies will be held on May 11, 2013 at 10 a.m. on the Upper Quadrangle.