Mexico President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa will be the speaker at Stanford University's 120th commencement June 12, the university said today (Jan. 18).
Also highlighting commencement weekend will be Class Day speaker Rob Reich, a Stanford political theorist and former sixth grade teacher; and Baccalaureate speaker Gail E. Bowman, chaplain at Dillard University in New Orleans.
Calderon, elected in 2006 to a six-year term, "is committed to finding solutions to a number of national and global problems, ranging from combating drug cartels to comprehensive immigration reform and arms control," Stanford President John Hennessy said.
"His views on a life devoted to solving pressing problems and to improving society will be particularly meaningful for our graduates, as will his experience leading a nation so vitally intertwined with the future of California and the United States."
Reich will address seniors, families and friends June 11 in a 30-year "Class Day" tradition of hearing a last lecture from a popular Stanford professor.
Author of "Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education," Reich said his main interests are in contemporary political theory. His two current book projects are on "ideals of equality and adequacy as applied to education policy and reform" and "topics in ethics, public policy and philosophy."
Reich is an associate professor of political science, also teaching in the department of philosophy and the School of Education. He is faculty director of the Program on Ethics in Society.
Bowman, a Harvard-trained lawyer who has been chaplain at Dillard since 1998, is a teacher as well as preacher and a member of the Louisiana Board of Ethics. She practiced law in Washington, D.C., including eight years with both the Senate and House judiciary committees, before enrolling in Howard University Divinity School.
Bowman coordinates programs funded by the Lilly Endowment designed to find creative ways to inspire student leadership development and spiritual expression.
"Rev. Bowman is widely known as an experienced university chaplain and accomplished preacher, with many of her sermons published in 'The African-American Pulpit,'" Scotty McLennan, Stanford's dean for religious life, said.
Stanford's four senior class co-presidents are heavily involved in selecting all three speakers for commencement weekend, a university spokeswoman said.
In the case of commencement ceremony speaker, the co-presidents submit a list to Hennessy, who then issues an invitation.
For the Class Day and Baccalaureate speakers the students work, respectively, through the Alumni Association and the Office for Religious Life.