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CIA Director to Keynote Duquesne Commencement, Honorary Degrees Awarded

Gen. Michael V. Hayden, director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), will deliver the keynote address at Duquesne University’s Spring Commencement.  This year marks the first time Duquesne is holding a university-wide ceremony. The University will confer degrees to more than 1,500 students.

As director of the CIA, Hayden manages the operations, personnel and budget of the independent agency charged with providing national security intelligence to the president of the United States and senior U.S. policymakers. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1967 and a master’s degree in history in 1969 from Duquesne, and is a member of the University’s Century Club of Distinguished Duquesne Alumni.

At the ceremony, honorary degrees will be awarded to Anne Hastings, executive director of Fonkoze, Haiti’s largest microfinance institution, and Linda Alvarado, president and chief executive officer of Alvarado Construction in Denver, Colo. Hastings and Alvarado will each receive a doctor of business leadership from the University.

Recognition ceremonies will be hosted by Duquesne’s schools of business, education, health sciences, liberal arts, music, natural and environmental sciences, and nursing on Saturday, May 5.

Commencement Ceremony, Friday, May 4 at 5 p.m.

A.J. Palumbo Center, Forbes Avenue, Duquesne University

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