Bush 41 and Clinton to Speak at Commencement
I've always felt, in light of what we've experienced over the last few
months, that this year's commencement will be a special one. Just how
special was made plain this week when George H. W. Bush, 41st President
of the United States, and William J. Clinton, 42nd President of the
United States, agreed to be the keynote speakers at Commencement 2006.
As you know, Presidents Bush and Clinton first joined forces to raise
funds for the victims of the 2004 south Asian tsunami. Then, in the
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, they formed the Bush-Clinton Katrina
Fund, which has raised more than $100 million to date, some $30 million
of which has been dedicated to 33 higher educational institutions in the
Gulf region, including Tulane.
The whole world has admired how these two leaders have risen above their
political differences, harnessed their formidable skills and galvanized
the generosity of the American people. Their partnership provides a
lesson for all of us.
Please join me as we welcome our two former presidents and salute the
graduates of this historic class, May 13 at 9:30 a.m. in the New Orleans
Arena. For a full schedule of Commencement 2006 events visit
Have a great weekend,