Notice to the Press
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 11, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the keynote commencement speaker at NYU’s 177th Commencement ceremony to be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Yankee Stadium. More than 6,000 graduates and 20,000 guests are expected to attend the event, which begins at 11:00 a.m.

Secretary Clinton will receive a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, at the ceremony. Other honorary degree recipients will include: Albert Fert, Nobel-winning physicist; Jessie Gruman, nationally recognized health research advocate; John Patrick Shanley, NYU alum and famed playwright; and Helen Thomas, journalist and “dean” of the White House press corps. NYU’s “Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City” will be presented to the Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein.

Media representatives planning to attend this event should enter via Yankee Stadium press gate (next to Gate 4), beginning at 8:30 a.m. and present one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued media identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) or NYPD or comparable credentials.

The commencement (11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) will be webcast on the following links:



John Beckman

Office of Press Relations
U.S. Department of State
(202) 647-2492

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PRN: 2009/445