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Vernon Jordan '57 to Deliver Commencement Address at LBJ School of Public Affairs

December 12, 2007

Vernon Jordan Classroom.jpgDecember 12, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - Vernon Jordan, "a civil rights leader, counselor to presidents and civic leader, will deliver the spring convocation address" at the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs, reports the Austin American-Statesman. The event will take place May 17.

A 1957 graduate of DePauw University, Jordan served as president of the National Urban League. He is currently senior counsel at the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and senior managing director of the investment firm Lazard Fréres & Co. LLC.

"Vernon Jordan is a towering figure, whose remarkable career vividly demonstrates how one person can make a difference," says James B. Steinberg, dean of the LBJ School. "His extraordinary range of experience and public service at the local, national and international level -- as a path-breaking civil rights activist, counselor to Presidents and civic leader -- is a model for generations to come. In this year of celebration of the centennial of President Johnson's birth, we are honored to have him as our commencement speaker."

Access the item at the newspaper's Web site and read the school's official announcement.

A December 4 article in the Times of London stated that Jordan is "renowned as a leading light in the U.S. civil rights movement." Last month, he was inducted into the Washington, D.C. Business Hall of Fame. Jordan is also a graduate of Howard University Law School and holds honorary degrees from more than 60 colleges and universities.

An advisory member of DePauw's Board of Trustees, Vernon Jordan has twice served as DePauw's commencement speaker, and marked the release of his memoir, Vernon Can Read!, with a speech on October 27, 2001, in which he spoke of his days as a student in Greencastle. Another lecture at DePauw, from June 4, 1982, addresses the topic of "Freedom in America."

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