Photo: Mexico's President Felipe Calderon at Stanford
Stanford University’s 2011 graduating class will be hearing Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon on its 120th Commencement day, June 12th, 2011.
University President John Hennessy noted:
“President Calderón assumed office at one of the most challenging times in the history of his nation, and is a respected foreign leader who has been involved in public service and advocacy for his entire life.”
“He is committed to finding solutions to a number of national and global problems, ranging from combating drug cartels to comprehensive immigration reform and arms control. His views on a life devoted to solving pressing problems and to improving society will be particularly meaningful to our graduates, as will his experience leading a nation so vitally intertwined with the future of California and the United States.”
The University’s four senior president’s nominated Calderon in order to send “a powerful message” to the U.S. and the world about the importance of leadership in international cooperation and social justice.
Calderon has a Bachelor’s degree in law, Masters in economics, and a Master’s in public administration from Harvard in 2000. He was elected as Mexico’s President in 2006 to a one-time six-year term.