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1999 Commencement Ceremonies

Spring - May 16, 1999

Commencement Address by Barry Levinson
School of Communication and the School of International Service
Academy Award winning Director-Screenwriter-Producer Barry Levinson has crafted an enviable reputation in the film industry as a director who blends literate and intelligent visions into films. Levinson was awarded the 1988 Best Director Oscar for the multiple award winning "Rain Man." After attending American University in Washington, D.C., Levinson moved to Los Angeles, where he began acting as well as writing and performing comedy routines.

Commencement Address by Congressman John Lewis
School of Public Affairs and Kogod College of Business Administration
Often called "one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced," John Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls "The Beloved Community" in America. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won him the admiration of many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress.

Commencement Address by Former Senator Dale Bumpers
College of Arts & Sciences
Bumpers, a Senator from Arkansas, served in the United States Marine Corps from 1943-1946. He served as Charleston city attorney from 1952-1970. Bumpers was a special justice, in the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1968 and Governor of Arkansas from 1970-1974. He was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1974 and served through January, 1999.

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President John F. Kennedy spoke at American University's Spring Commencement on June 10, 1963. In this speech Kennedy called on the Soviet Union to work with the United States to achieve a nuclear test ban treaty and help reduce the considerable international tensions and the specter of nuclear war at that time. (text of speech)

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