Condoleezza Rice, Robert Gates to speak at William & Mary

WILLIAMSBURG-- Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates will speak at William & Mary's 2015 Commencement ceremony.

The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16 at William & Mary Hall.

Condoleezza RiceRice will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree at the event.

"It will be grand to have Secretary Rice speak to the Class of 2015 at Commencement," said President Taylor Reveley.

"Condoleezza Rice broke barriers of gender and race while serving at the most senior levels of our national government. She has also had a very distinguished career in the academy as a teacher, scholar and administrator. Few equal her experience in both public affairs and higher education."

The main ceremony's Saturday scheduling is a change from previous years when Commencement occurred on Sunday. Departmental ceremonies will continue to take place on Sunday, May 17.


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