Stanford's 2010 Commencement Speaker is Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
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Susan E. Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, a member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet and a national security advisor, will be the 2010 Commencement speaker at Stanford University. The 119th Commencement Weekend is scheduled for 11-13 June 2010.
Ambassador Rice earned a bachelor's degree in history from Stanford in 1986. She was a Truman Scholar and graduated junior Phi Beta Kappa. She received her M.Phil. (master’s degree) and D.Phil. (PhD) in International Relations from New College, Oxford University, England, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Rice also served as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution from 2002 to 2009; her writings are available at the Brookings web site.
According to the Stanford News Service story on Rice's selection as Commencement speaker, university President John Hennessy said, "Ambassador Rice was chosen to represent America at the United Nations in order to advance international peace and security, strengthen human rights and support democracy. Her goals mirror those of Stanford: to tackle the most pressing global challenges, including addressing climate change and combating poverty, disease and violence to promote peace. I am proud that a Stanford alumna is in this vital international role, and I know she will challenge our graduates to embark on meaningful lives as our next generation of leaders."