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National political advisor Brazile to address Benedictine graduates

National political advisor Brazile to address Benedictine graduates
April 28, 2011

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

brazile donna APR2011Lisle, Illinois ~ Donna Brazile, who rose from political activist and campaign worker to become the first African-American woman to run a presidential campaign, will address Benedictine University's 118th Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 15 at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex.

"Ms. Brazile is a wonderful person who brings a wide range of experience to Benedictine," said William J. Carroll, Ph.D., president of Benedictine University. "Her leadership of a presidential campaign and broad national experience bode well for an exciting commencement speech."

Brazile was born in Louisiana and became interested in politics at a very young age. After graduating from Louisiana State University, she worked for several advocacy groups in Washington, D.C. and later for several presidential campaigns.

She served as an advisor to the Bill Clinton campaigns in 1992 and 1996, and became the first African-American woman to manage a presidential campaign when she ran Al Gore's bid in 2000. In 2008, she served as a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention.

Brazile received honorary doctorates from Louisiana State and Xavier University of Louisiana and is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. She appears regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room" and "American Morning" and is a regular contributor to NPR's "Political Corner" and ABC News.

She is a columnist for Ms. Magazine and O Magazine and her best-selling memoir, "Cooking With Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics," was published in 2004. Brazile is the founder of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy and training firm based in Washington, D.C.

Commencement activities begin with a Mass at 7:45 a.m. at St. Procopius Abbey. The gates to the Sports Complex will open at 8:30 a.m. Commencement ceremonies for associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree candidates will begin with a procession from Kindlon Hall at 9:45 a.m.

A reception will follow commencement in the Krasa Student Center.

Parking for commencement is available on the Benedictine University campus and across the street at Benet Academy, 2200 Maple Ave. Shuttle buses will transport guests between these lots and the Sports Complex between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

For more information about commencement ceremonies at Benedictine University, visit the commencement web page at www.ben.edu/commencement. 

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.