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President Clinton to be Class Day speaker

William Jefferson Clinton, who served as president of the United States from 1993 to 2001, will deliver the keynote address at Princeton’s Class Day ceremony on Monday, June 5.

Leaders of the senior class selected Clinton from among numerous nominees suggested by classmates. In an e-mail to seniors, class president Chris Lloyd wrote: "The Class of 2006 has chosen President Clinton to be this year’s Class Day speaker because of his extensive career in public service. These experiences along with his perspectives as a parent will surely inspire our class and family members as we gather together to celebrate our Princeton experiences.”  

Lloyd also noted some of Clinton’s career highlights writing, “During his term the United States witnessed the longest economic expansion in U.S. history. After leaving office, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation to fund the construction of the Clinton Presidential Center and to help people around the world to meet the challenges of globalization. The foundation focuses on four critical areas including health security with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS; economic empowerment; leadership development and citizen service; and racial, ethnic and religious reconciliation.”

Class Day, which takes place the day before Princeton's Commencement, is being organized by members of the graduating class including chairs Lauren Bush, Shaun Callaghan and Harrison Frist. In addition to Clinton’s address, the ceremony will include student remarks, the induction of honorary class members and other special recognitions.

The Class Day ceremony is scheduled to be held on Cannon Green, weather permitting, at 10:30 a.m. It is a ticketed event for seniors and their invited guests only.

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