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Albright to Address the Class of 2007

As the University focuses on globalization in 2007, an academic highlight of the year will be the Commencement address delivered by Madeleine Albright, the nation’s first female secretary of state.

“I think it is fitting that Dr. Albright will address our graduates as the University celebrates our accomplishments in global education throughout 2007,” said Chancellor James Moeser. “Our students will benefit from her valuable insights on world affairs.”

Moeser chose Albright in consultation with the University’s Commencement speaker selection committee. The committee, chaired by Executive Associate Provost Steve Allred ’74, is composed of students and faculty and gave unanimous approval to her selection.

Albright was nominated by Student Body President James Allred, who said he was thrilled Albright would participate in Commencement.

“Carolina students are entering an increasingly global work force, and she can address students’ interests in these areas,” he said.

Prior to serving as secretary of state in the Clinton administration, Albright was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She is now a professor at Georgetown University and a principal at the Albright Group, a global strategy firm in Washington, D.C.

In his recent State of the University address, Moeser discussed the importance of continuing to enhance the University’s role in the global community. Next spring, UNC also plans to dedicate the FedEx Global Education Center to bring various international activities under one roof.

Spring Commencement will be held on May 13, 2007, at 9:30 a.m. in Kenan Stadium.


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