Senator Bob Kerrey to be Featured Speaker at Commencement 2014
The Honorable Bob Kerrey, former U.S. senator and governor of Nebraska, will be the speaker at Keck Graduate Institute's 13th Commencement on Saturday, May 17, at 11 a.m. on the east lawn. A decorated Vietnam veteran, member of the 9/11 Commission and education leader, Senator Kerrey is a managing director at Allen and Company, a privately held boutique investment bank, and an executive chairman of the Minerva Institute for Research and Scholarship, supporting The Minerva Project. In 2013, KGI formed a partnership with the San Francisco-based Minerva Project to create the Minerva Schools at KGI, which will offer a unique undergraduate education to some of the word's brightest and most motivated students.
"Having Senator Kerrey as our Commencement speaker is a tremendous honor, but it's also tremendously exciting," KGI President Sheldon Schuster said. "I know the Class of 2014 and the entire KGI community is looking forward to having him as a guest on our campus and to hearing him speak."
On January 1, 2011, Senator Kerrey completed his tenure as seventh president of The New School, a university founded on strong democratic ideals and daring educational practices. He also served as New School's president emeritus from January 1, 2011, to January 31, 2013.
Prior to coming to The New School, he represented Nebraska in the United States Senate, serving on the Senate's Agriculture and Forestry Committee, Appropriations Committee, Finance Committee, and, last but not least, on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where he worked to restructure our intelligence agencies to improve their capacity to meet the threats faced by our country. Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate, he served a single four-year term as Nebraska's governor.
Senator Kerrey served as a U.S. Navy SEAL during the Vietnam War, during which time he was wounded. Permanently disabled from this injury, he received what he considers a great gift: sympathy for those who are suffering and an appreciation for the capacity of government to save your life. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in combat.
Before his time in the Navy, Senator Kerrey attended the University of Nebraska graduating in January 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy. He was born in Lincoln and attended public schools there. In 2002, he published a memoir "When I Was a Young Man."