Mexican President to be 2011 Commencement Speaker

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Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa will be the keynote speaker at this year's Commencement.

President Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico since 2006, will be this year’s Commencement Speaker. While his name may not be well known to American students, Calderón has been possibly the most influential politician of modern Mexico, leading a courageous but violent fight against the drug cartels that currently plague Mexican society.

According to Stanford President John Hennessy, “Calderón assumed office at one of the most challenging times in the history of his nation, and is a respected foreign leader who has been involved in public service and advocacy for his entire life. He is committed to finding solutions to a number of national and global problems, ranging form combating drug cartels to comprehensive reform and arms control. His views on a life devoted to solving pressing problems and to improving society will be particularly meaningful to our graduates, as will his experience leading a nations so vitally intertwined with the future of California and the United States.”

This year’s Senior Class Presidents said they nominated Calderón as the 2011 Commencement speaker “to send a powerful message” to the country and to the rest of the world about the importance of leadership in international cooperation and social justice. Calderón’s presidency has not been without controversy–15,273 people died in Mexico’s drug wars in 2010 alone–but hopefully his speech will highlight the reasons behind his decision to pursue his goals for a drug-free Mexico in the face of such adversity.

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6 Responses to “Mexican President to be 2011 Commencement Speaker”

  1. kevin says:

    Wow, nice pull. I like the choice quite a bit.

  2. Aryan Shining says:

    good for stanford students
    I m student of Business Adminstration Diplona in Tehran institute of technology , Last week we saw Steve Jobs speechs in 2005 commencment

  3. Josh says:

    Well, there goes the chance for Colbert or Stewart.

  4. Margarita says:

    WE mexicans hate Mr calderon he caused 40 000 deads and no one profit from it. He did not take power in one of the most difficult times for Mexico, he created one of the most difficult times for Mexico. He is not one of the mosgt influential politicians, he’s a “gray” and worthless, not a leader

  5. fourarrows says:

    I am an American Indian author/professor now living in Mexico. Please regard Maragarita’s words and research Calderon’s “war on drugs” and what it has and will do. I suggest reading Marcos letter of Feb 2011 on this as well.
    FA
    teachingvirtues.net

  6. Luis Gallardo says:

    Bad choice Stanford… Mr. Calderon’s ineptitude has transformed our beloved Mexico into a war zone. This person is not a leader. He can’t even read spanish, he is always drunk (I’m serious).

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