Middlebury lands Clinton


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) -Former President Bill Clinton will be commencement speaker at Middlebury College this year, continuing the college’s tradition of attracting big names ranging from Rudolph Giuliani to Lech Walesa.

“It is a great honor to have President Clinton as the Middlebury College commencement speaker,” college President Ronald A. Liebowitz said in a news release.

At the May 27 event, Clinton also will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Clinton will speak for free; Middlebury does not pay an honorarium.

to commencement speakers.

Other recent commencement speakers at Middlebury have included former Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman in 2006; Giuliani, the former New York mayor, in 2005; Dana Morosini Reeve, an alumna, and her husband, actor Christopher Reeve, in 2004; longtime children’s television host Fred Rogers in 2001 and Walesa, the Polish leader, in 2000.

After leaving the White House after two terms in 2001, Clinton created the William J. Clinton Foundation, which works on issues ranging from HIV/AIDS to climate change.

He also will be commencement speaker this year at the University of Michigan and Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.

Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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