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Release: April 14, 2002

Vilsack To Deliver UI Law School Commencement Address

Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack will deliver the annual spring commencement address to the UI College of Law's Class of 2003, a class that includes his son.

Law commencement ceremonies will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17 in Hancher Auditorium. UI President David Skorton will confer degrees on the 200 law graduates, including Jess Vilsack, son of the governor and his wife, Christie. Also speaking will be Owen Newlin, president of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

An estimated 1,500 family and friends of law graduates are expected to attend the event, which is open to the public.

Born in 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pa., Vilsack received a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. in 1972 and a law degree from Albany Law School in 1975. Vilsack was elected mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa in 1987 and was elected to the Iowa Senate in 1992. In 1998 he became Iowa's first Democratic governor in more than 30 years and was re-elected to a second term in 2002. Vilsack is vice chair of the Democratic Governors' Association and a member of the National Governors' Association Executive Committee. He is also a founding member and former chair of the Governors Biotechnology Partnership and the incoming chair of the national Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) program.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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