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Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley to speak at Class Day

Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley will deliver the address at the 2001 Class Day luncheon June 16 for seniors and their families during Commencement weekend.

Bradley's selection as Class Day speaker was announced Thursday by Senior Class Presidents Mike Kass, Brandon Maughan, Lauren Robertson and Delphine Tuot.

Bradley was the Payne Distinguished Professor at Stanford's Institute for International Studies during the 1997-98 academic year, the same year that the Class of 2001 arrived at Stanford.

It is traditional for the senior class to select a professor for the Class Day address. In his year as the Payne professor, Bradley had a considerable presence on campus, the class presidents noted.

"I had the good fortune to hear Senator Bradley speak twice my freshman year, first in my Introduction to Economics class and later in my dorm lounge," Kass said. "I was impressed with his intelligence, his passion for policy and his stance on the major political issues of the time. It will be very exciting to have him back at Stanford speaking before our class."

Bradley studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and was captain of the 1964 U.S. basketball team that won the gold medal at the Olympics in Tokyo. He was elected to the Senate in 1978 and served three terms.

The Class Day luncheon for seniors and parents is sponsored by the Stanford Alumni Association and the Class of 2001.



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