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          Tuesday, March 11, 2014

          University of California President Janet Napolitano to Keynote UC Hastings Law Commencement

          Distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations at the federal and state levels.

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          University of California President Janet Napolitano

          The University of California Hastings College of the Law Class of 2014 Commencement ceremony will take place Saturday, May 10, 2014 in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. We are pleased to announce that University of California President Janet Napolitano will present the keynote speech.

          Janet Napolitano was named the 20th president of the University of California on July 18, 2013, and took office on Sept. 30, 2013. Since then, she has launched initiatives to stabilize tuition; enhance community college transfers; provide financial support for undocumented students to put them on equal footing as other students with respect to financial aid; achieve carbon neutrality across the UC system by 2025; enhance the pipeline of underrepresented minority students who earn advanced degrees; increase support for new and future faculty members through post-doctoral fellowships; speed translation of UC research into products and services; and improve services for student veterans; and strengthen engagement with Mexico.

          She leads a university system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program. The UC system has more than 234,000 students, about 208,000 faculty and staff, more than 1.6 million living alumni and an annual operating budget of more than $24 billion.

          Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations at the federal and state levels. She served as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009-13, as Governor of Arizona from 2003-09, as Attorney General of Arizona from 1998-2003, and as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993-97. Before that, she practiced at the law firm of Lewis & Roca in Phoenix, where she became a partner in 1989. She began her career in 1983 as a clerk for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

          Napolitano earned a B.A. degree (summa cum laude in Political Science) in 1979 from Santa Clara University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, a Truman Scholar and the university’s first female valedictorian. She received her J.D. degree in 1983 from the University of Virginia School of Law. Napolitano holds honorary degrees from several universities and colleges, including Santa Clara University, Emory University and Pomona College. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal (Law), the University of Virginia’s highest external honor.

          More about President Napolitano: http://www.ucop.edu/president/about/index.html 

          Note: UC Hastings is affiliated with the University of California, having been established as the original “law department” of the system; it also is independent, governed by its own Board of Directors.

          Commencement Speaker Selection Process

          Each year, UC Hastings selects its official Commencement Speaker through an inclusive process. The Chancellor and Dean invites the Board of Directors, the Foundation Trustees, the Faculty Executive Committee, and the 3L Class Council to designate one to three individuals to serve as equal members on a Commencement Committee. The Director of Student Services also serves on this important body. The committee compiles a confidential potential list of speakers, discusses them, and recommends a "short list" to the Chancellor and Dean for selection.

          UC Hastings 2014 Commencement

          The University of California Hastings College of the Law Class of 2014 Commencement ceremony will take place Saturday, May 10, 2014, in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove Street, San Francisco, California 94102. Ceremony starts at 3:00 pm. Doors open at 2:00pm, and graduates must arrive no later than 2:00pm.

          Admission to the UC Hastings commencement ceremony is by ticket only. A limited number of tickets are provided free of charge to each graduate participating in the ceremony.

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          Alex A.G. Shapiro
          Director, Communications & Public Affairs
          UC Hastings College of the Law
          Office: (415) 581-8842
          Cell: (415) 813-9214
          Email: shapiroa@uchastings.edu

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