PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) – Chevy Chase, Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld – how about Bill Clinton?

Princeton University’s Class of ’06 decided the former president was the best person to liven up Class Day, an annual bash the university’s graduating class throws itself the day before commencement ceremonies.

The party in recent years has featured comedians Chase, Stewart and Seinfeld. The last person who wasn’t funny for a living was former Secretary of State James A. Baker III in 2002.

This time around, Princeton graduates decided Clinton was best because “he was a really engaging speaker,” Christopher Lloyd, president of Princeton’s senior class, told The Times of Trenton for Wednesday’s newspapers.

The decision to invite Clinton was even more surprising because the Class Day committee includes relatives of the nation’s most powerful Republicans. Committee co-chairs included Lauren Bush, the president’s niece, and Harrison Frist, son of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

Other suggested speakers for this year’s Class Day included champion cyclist Lance Armstrong and actor-comedian Bill Murray, Lloyd said.

Clinton spoke twice at Princeton while president. He addressed Princeton’s 249th graduating class at its 1996 commencement ceremony. In October 2000, he gave the keynote speech at an academic conference on the Progressive Era.

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