Former President Bush to Speak at Rice Commencement

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: MargotDimondPHONE: (713) 348-6775EMAIL: [email protected] PRESIDENT BUSH TOSPEAK AT RICE COMMENCEMENTFormer President George Herbert Walker Bush, whose term of office was marked by the implosion of communism and the Gulf War, will deliver the commencement speech at Rice University on Saturday, May 13. Commencement ceremonieswill start at 8:30 a.m. in the Academic Quadrangle. In case of inclement weathergraduation ceremonies will be held in Autry Court. The Class of 2000 willbe the 87th graduating class in Rice’s history. In addition to theawarding of degrees, commencement weekend festivities will include the Class of2000 Convocation, the Shepherd School of Music Presidential Concert, and apresidential reception for students, guests, faculty, staff and administration.All of these events will be held in Alice Pratt Brown Hall on Friday, May 12,followed by a fireworks show in the stadium parking lot starting at 10:15 p.m.The Student ArtExhibition in the Rice University Art Gallery in Sewall Hall will be on display11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, May 12, and from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, May13. George Bush served asPresident of the United States from 1989 to 1993. During his term in office, theCold War ended, reducing the threat of nuclear war; the Soviet Union ceased toexist, replaced by a democratic Russia; the Berlin Wall fell and Germany wasreunified; Eastern Europe and the Baltic States all became free; and PresidentBush put together an unprecedented coalition of 32 nations to liberate Kuwaitfrom the aggression of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. President Bush signedinto law, among other things, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the CleanAir Act. He also successfully fought for and negotiated the North American FreeTrade Agreement (NAFTA), which was later signed into law. Since leaving office,President Bush has written two books–A World Transformed, co-authoredwith General Brent Scowcroft, on foreign policy during his administration, andAll The Best, a collection of letters written throughout his life. He hasvisited 56 foreign countries, most of the 50 states, and has helped to raisemillions of dollars for a variety of charitable organizations. He serves on theBoard of Visitors of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and is honorarychairman of the Points of Light Foundation. The George Bush Presidential Libraryand Museum, along with George Bush School of Government and Public Service, islocated on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. President Bush’s careerin politics and public service began in 1963, when he was elected Chairman ofthe Harris County (TX) Republican Party. He later served two terms in the U.S.House of Representatives from Texas’ 7th District and in several senior levelappointed positions, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1971);chairman of the Republican National Committee (1973); Chief of the U.S. LiaisonOffice in China (1974); and Director of Central Intelligence (1976). In 1980, Mr. Bush losthis first bid for the Republican Presidential nomination to Ronald Reagan, buthe later accepted a spot on the national ticket and served as Vice Presidentfrom 1981 to 1989. Born on June 12, 1924,in Milton, Massachusetts, George Bush became a decorated naval pilot who flewtorpedo bombers during World War II. He then graduated Phi Beta Kappa from YaleUniversity in 1948 with a degree in economics and moved to Texas where he beganmaking his way in the oil business. President and Mrs. Bushhave five children and 14 grandchildren. They have been married 55 years andreside in Houston, Texas and Kennebunkport, Maine. last_img

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