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Spring 2005 Commencement Ceremonies

May 8 & 22

McHale

Commencement Speech by Judith Mchale
Judith McHale has been the president of Discovery Communications since 1995. In her ten years directing its development and operations, Discovery Communications has grown from a single cable channel to become a wide-ranging international media and entertainment company operating in more than 160 countries. Under McHale’s direction Discovery Communications has acquired the Travel Channel and launched Animal Planet and the Discovery Health Channel.

Russert

Commencement Speech by Tim Russert
As the managing editor and moderator of Meet the Press,a political analyst for NBC Nightly News, and a senior vice president and Washington bureau chief at NBC News, Tim Russert has interviewed every major figure on the American political scene over the last 15 years. Since taking the reigns of Meet the Press in 1991, Russert has helped make the Sunday morning interview program the most watched show of its kind in America and the most quoted news program in the world.

Inouye

Commencement Speech by Senator Daniel Inouye
Daniel Inouye is the third most senior member of the U.S. Senate. A World War II combat veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, he serves as the ranking democrat on the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, which strives to improve national security and the quality of life for military personnel. As a member of the Watergate Committee in the 1970s and as chairman of the Iran-Contra Committee in 1987, Inouye twice drew national attention through his work probing major political controversies. However, the bulk of his career has been dedicated to a less conspicuous but equally effective fight for the interests of Hawaii’s people. Through his bipartisan leadership he has helped craft legislation to build jobs throughout the state, bolster health and human services in rural areas, and expand the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to protect rare and endangered species.

Sarbanes

Commencement Speech by Senator Paul Sarbanes
Sarbanes received his law degree from Harvard Law School, and often speaks to local student groups on the importance of appreciating life in a democracy, the importance of community participation and the values of public service. First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1970, Sarbanes served three terms. Sarbanes was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1976, and re-elected to four consecutive terms. In 2001, in his capacity as Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, he introduced a bill that would create a board to oversee auditors of public companies, set accounting standards, investigate and discipline accountants. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was signed into law in July of 2002.

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Commencement Addresses

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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