Posted on January 19, 2011

Stanford Picks Mexico President Calderon Commencement Speaker

Lisa M. Krieger, San Jose Mercury News, January 19, 2011

Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who has waged a four-year war against violent drug cartels, has been selected to be the 2011 commencement speaker at Stanford University on June 12, the university announced Tuesday.

“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,” Stanford University President John Hennessy said in a statement.

Stanford’s senior class presidents, Dante DiCicco, Pamon Forouhar, Mona Hadidi and Molly Spaeth, said they nominated Calderon as the commencement speaker “to send a powerful message” to the country and the rest of the world about the importance of leadership in international cooperation and social justice.


“President Calderon 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,” Hennessy said.