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2007 Commencement Ceremonies

May 13

Commencement Speech by David Gregory
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David Gregory addressed the Schools of International Service and Communication. The Chief White House correspondent for NBC News, Gregory is a 1992 graduate of the School of International Service. Although enrolled in SIS, Gregory was a reporter for the independent student newspaper, The Eagle. Graduation was followed by several years in Albuquerque, before NBC called Gregory back to Washington where he would, at age 29, become the NBC News White House correspondent. Gregory received a Doctor of Humane Letters.

Commencement Speech by Diane Rehm
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Diane Rehm, executive producer and host of the nationally syndicated NPR program, The Diane Rehm Show, which is broadcast from the studios of American University’s public radio station, WAMU 88.5, receives a Doctor of Humane Letters when she addressed the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. She was deeply honored and moved to receive the honorary degree, “I feel fortunate to have spent so many years in public broadcasting under the aegis of this fine University. Our goals have been one and the same: to expand horizons, and to promote a deeper understanding of the world around us.”

Commencement Speech by David Walker
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A star in the field of civil service and government reform, David Walker is the Comptroller General of the United States. Honored for his initiatives to improve the transparency, performance and accountability of the federal government, Walker’s 15-year term as head of the Government Accountability Office affords him a high degree of autonomy and an unusual level of insulation from political pressure. Walker spoke to the graduates of the School of Public Affairs and the Kogod School of Business and received a Doctorate of Public Service.

May 20

Commencement Speech by Senator Mary Landrieu
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Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu. Elected in 1996, Landrieu is the senior senator from Louisiana, and has become known for her willingness to work across party lines on issues from embryonic stem cell research, which she supports, to late-term abortion, which she opposes. Landrieu will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws.

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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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