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The Honorable Chuck Hagel to Give Commencement Address

Monday, March 12, 2012
Arlington, VA – The Honorable Chuck Hagel, former U.S. Senator from Nebraska, will give Marymount University’s 2012 Commencement Address on Sunday, May 20, at D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. The University will also confer the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters upon Senator Hagel in recognition of his distinguished career of leadership and service to the nation.

Hagel is a distinguished professor in the practice of national governance at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is also chairman of the Atlantic Council, a non-partisan think tank and public policy organization devoted to promoting transatlantic cooperation and international security.

Hagel currently serves as co-chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, co-chair of the President’s China 100,000 Strong Initiative Advisory Committee, and a member of the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board. He is also on the boards of directors of Chevron Corporation, Zurich’s Holding Company of America, and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). In addition, he is a member of the advisory boards of Corsair Capital and Deutsche Bank America and a senior advisor to Gallup.

Representing the state of Nebraska for two terms in the United States Senate (1997-2009), Hagel served as a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and Intelligence Committees. He chaired the Foreign Relations Committee’s International Economic Policy Subcommittee and Export and Trade Promotion Subcommittee, and the Banking Committee’s International Trade and Finance and Securities Subcommittees. He also served as chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and the Senate Climate Change Observer Group.

Hagel is the author of the 2008 book America: Our Next Chapter, described as “a straight-forward examination of the current state of our nation that provides substantial proposals for the challenges of the 21st century.”

A decorated combat veteran, Hagel received the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, two Purple Hearts, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge for his service in Vietnam. In the early 1980s he served as Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration.

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Hagel was president of McCarthy & Company, an investment banking firm in Omaha, Nebraska. In the mid-1980s, he co-founded VANGUARD Cellular Systems, Inc., a publicly traded corporation.

Marymount University President Matthew D. Shank notes, “Senator Hagel is a powerful role model for young people preparing to go out and make a positive difference in the world. From his distinguished military service to his visionary leadership in the corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors, all of Chuck Hagel’s endeavors reflect a life guided by patriotism, ethical standards, and a commitment to service.”

A comprehensive Catholic university with approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students, Marymount is a student-centered learning community that values diversity and focuses on the education of the whole person. Scholarship, leadership, service, and ethics are the hallmarks of a Marymount education.