Elder Bush, Clinton lined up to speak at UNH graduation

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DURHAM, N.H. (AP) – Two former presidents will give the commencement address at the University of New Hampshire’s graduation in May.

Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton are scheduled to speak at the May 19 event, the university announced Tuesday.

“The world as we know it has changed remarkably since these two world leaders visited the Granite State, and in the ways it has changed for the better, both President Bush and President Clinton are largely responsible for the good,” said UNH interim President J. Bonnie Newman.

Then-Vice President Bush gave the keynote at the 1987 commencement at UNH. Clinton campaigned on campus during his two presidential campaigns. The former presidents raised funds for recovery from 2004’s Asian tsunami and 2005’s Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi.

“In today’s political climate, these two men remind all of us of what people can accomplish to promote tolerance and bipartisanship, and they lead by example,” Newman said in a statement. “It is a deep privilege for our students and their families, and the campus community to hear a message of hope, partnership and action.”

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