U.S. Secretary Vilsack to Speak at Commencement

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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 100,000 employees.  

Secretary Vilsack with Dean Andrews last year.

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