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Provost Condoleezza Rice to speak at Founders' Day
STANFORD -- Provost Condoleezza Rice will be the featured speaker at Founders' Day on Sunday, March 6, when the community pays tribute to university founders Leland and Jane Stanford.
Founders' Day, celebrated annually on the Sunday closest to the March 9 birthday of Sen. Leland Stanford, is organized by the Stanford Historical Society and the Stanford Alumni Association. The public is invited.
Activities will begin with the 10 a.m. University Public Worship service in Memorial Church, featuring Provost Rice.
Following the service, community members will join Rice and other officials in a procession to the Stanford Family Mausoleum for tributes to the founders.
In addition to Rice, speakers at the mausoleum will include Professor Alberta Siegel, who is president of the Historical Society; Alumni Association President Bill Stone; and David Raymond, one of four senior class presidents. The other senior class presidents, Dana Weeks, Sarah Rafanelli and Peter Liang, also will take part in the ceremonies.
Also participating will be Acting Dean of the Chapel Diana Akiyama and the Memorial Church choir, led by Gregory Wait, senior lecturer in music.
Eric Hutchinson, professor emeritus of chemistry, will serve as marshal of the procession. Behind, students who are members of the Stanford Student Alumni Network will carry the university and school flags Hutchinson designed 26 years ago.
Two of the senior class presidents will place a red and white floral wreath, provided by the Alumni Association, at the mausoleum door. The Alumni Association also will host refreshments.
In case of rain, the procession will be eliminated, and remarks and the presentation of the wreath will take place in Memorial Church. Regardless of the weather, the mausoleum will be opened until 1 p.m. for visitation.
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