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U.S. Sen. Barack Obama to Speak at Northwestern Commencement

April 13, 2006

EVANSTON, Ill. --- U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) will address graduates, parents and guests at Northwestern University’s 148th annual commencement exercises Friday, June 16.

Sen. Obama will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at the ceremony in Ryan Field on the University’s Evanston campus.

"Sen. Obama served in the Illinois senate with distinction, and he is an effective and articulate senator for Illinois who has made a significant impact in his first term," said University President Henry S. Bienen.

Sworn into office Jan. 4, 2005, Sen. Obama is focused on promoting economic growth and bringing good paying jobs to Illinois. He serves on the important Environment and Public Works Committee; the Veterans ’ Affairs Committee; and the Foreign Relations Committee.

During his tenure in the Illinois State Senate, Obama worked with both Democrats and Republicans to create the state Earned Income Tax Credit, which in three years provided over $100 million in tax cuts to Illinois families; pushed through an expansion of early childhood education; and enlisted the support of law enforcement officials to draft legislation requiring the videotaping of interrogations and confessions in all capital cases after a number of inmates on death row were found innocent.

Sen. Obama graduated from Columbia University in 1983, and received a law degree from Harvard Law School where he was the first African American editor of the Harvard Law Review. Obama and his wife Michelle have two daughters, Malia, 7 and Sasha, 4, and live on Chicago’s South Side.

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