Dear Campus Community,
It is my pleasure to announce that Senator Tom Harkin has graciously accepted our invitation to speak at our upcoming commencement on Friday, May 16.
As you all know, Senator Harkin has been a staunch supporter of Gallaudet University and of the deaf and hard of hearing community throughout the nation. His brother, Frank, was deaf and as such Senator Harkin understood the unique perspective of the deaf community. In his role in Congress as Chair of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Harkin has steadfastly supported Gallaudet during often intense Congressional negotiations over the federal budget. He has visited campus on many occasions, hosted a Congressional hearing on employment of deaf and hard of hearing people, and has recognized Gallaudet many times on the Senate floor over the years. Senator Harkin received an honorary degree from Gallaudet in 1991.
In addition, three highly esteemed alumni and leaders in the deaf community have been selected by the Board of Trustees as recipients of honorary degrees at Gallaudet's 145th Commencement exercises. The honorees are Philip W. Bravin, '66, Father Thomas J. Coughlin, '72 & G-'79, and President Emeritus I. King Jordan, '70. Bravin will be the official commencement speaker.
After 40 years of serving in Congress, Senator Harkin is retiring at the end of this term. It is my pleasure to welcome him to campus for the University's Class of 2014 Commencement.
Posted: 8 May 2014