NEW: Madeleine Albright to Speak at RWU Graduation

Thursday, April 12, 2012


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Madeleine K. Albright, the first female secretary of state in U.S. history, will address new Roger Williams University graduates and receive an honorary degree at the school’s commencement ceremony Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. on the athletic field at the Bristol campus.

Albright, who will also receive an honorary degree, was appointed to the nation’s top diplomatic post by Bill Clinton at the start of his second term in January 1997. She served as the U.S. representative to the United Nations during Clinton’s first term, and previously served on President Carter’s National Security Council.

She now chairs Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Albright Capital Management, an investment firm advising urban markets, She also is a professor of diplomacy at Georgetown University and serves on numerous boards and foundations. Since leaving her Cabinet post in 2001, she has written four New York Times bestsellers, most recently “Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box,” about her trademark lapel pins.

Trudy Coxe, CEO of the Preservation Society of Newport County and former executive director of Save the Bay, will also receive an honorary degree.

U.S. District Court Judge Jack B. Weinstein will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at the Roger Williams School of Law ceremony Friday, May 18 at 1 p.m. on the main athletic field.

Weinstein, chief judge for New York’s Eastern District from 1980 to 1998 and still a judge in the district, has been a federal judge since 1967.

R.I. Supreme Court Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg will also receive an honorary degree.


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