U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will deliver the keynote address at
this year’s commencement ceremony. The ceremony to honor this year's graduates
will take place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.,
on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Secretary Vilsack, a 1975 graduate of Albany Law School,
also served two terms as Governor of Iowa before being appointed the nation’s
30th Secretary of Agriculture by President Barack Obama. He has also
served in the Iowa State Senate and as the mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
As Secretary of Agriculture and head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA), Secretary Vilsack oversees the fifth largest federal department with
Secretary Vilsack’s work involves issues related to jobs,
immigration, nutrition, health care, school lunch programs and
agribusiness. Secretary Vilsack has served as chair of the first-ever
White House Rural Council, he has helped launch First Lady Michelle Obama's
Let's Move initiative to improve the health and nutrition of America's
children, and he helped bolster America’s agricultural trade to foreign
markets, among many other accomplishments.
Secretary Vilsack has visited the Albany Law School campus
several times over the past few years to speak with students and faculty, and
he has attended a number of alumni events in Washington, D.C. Secretary Vilsack received the school's Distinguished
Alumni Award in 2007.
Secretary Vilsack’s bio can be viewed here: http://1.usa.gov/MFVsgg
More information on Albany Law School’s 163rd
Commencement can be found here: http://bit.ly/10km6kp