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Bill Clinton to speak at commencement in Warrensburg

Bill Clinton to speak at commencement in Warrensburg

April 5th, 2011 in News

WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton will speak at the University of Central Missouri next month as he accepts an honorary doctoral degree.

The Warrensburg school says its Board of Governors approved the award at a meeting Monday. A spokesman says the two-term Democratic president has accepted the invitation to speak May 6 at commencement exercises for graduate students.

The university says Clinton is being honored for his commitment to education and philanthropy as well as his service to the country as president. The school's announcement cites his work, through the William J. Clinton Foundation, in promoting health and economic development initiatives worldwide.

Also noted are his fundraising efforts following such disasters as the Haitian earthquake, and his climate initiative that helped the university with a major project aimed at sharply cutting its energy costs.