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Commencement Speaker


January 5, 2007: Portraits of Senator Bill Bradley.Bill Bradley

Former U.S. Senator (1979 – 1997)

Bill Bradley served in the U.S. Senate from 1979 – 1997 representing the state of New Jersey. In 2000, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

Prior to serving in the Senate, he was an Olympic gold medalist in 1964 and a professional basketball player with the New York Knicks from 1967 – 1977 during which time they won two NBA championships. In 1982, he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Born and raised in Crystal City, Missouri, Senator Bradley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History from Princeton University and a Master of Arts degree from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar.