Congressman Bruce Braley to Speak at Clarke College Commencement

posted on March 25, 2009

Clarke College is pleased to announce that Congressman Bruce Braley will address the graduates at the College’s 166th Commencement on Saturday, May 9, on the Clarke College campus. He will also receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at the ceremony.

Braley is in his second term serving Iowa’s first Congressional district. He currently serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee as well as the Health, Oversight and Investigations, and Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection subcommittees.

“During his time in office, Congressman Braley has been a voice for higher education,” said Clarke President Joanne M. Burrows, SC, Ph.D. “He clearly understands the important role private Colleges play in creating the pioneers of tomorrow. His persistence has helped ensure that critical aid programs and higher education initiatives receive the attention they so desperately need from our federal legislators.”

Braley was born in Grinnell, Iowa, and grew up in the small town of Brooklyn, Iowa. He married Carolyn Kalb, of Dubuque, in 1983 and lives with her and their three children in Waterloo. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Iowa State College and a juris doctorate from the College of Iowa. Prior to serving in Congress, he worked as an attorney in Waterloo, Iowa.

This year’s Commencement exercises begin with a baccalaureate liturgy at 10 a.m. in Clarke’s Robert and Ruth Kehl Center, at which graduates will receive their academic hoods. At 2 p.m., the official Commencement ceremony begins, at which graduates will receive their diplomas and special awards and honors will be bestowed.

At this year’s Commencement, degrees will be conferred upon approximately 280 undergraduate and graduate students. To accommodate additional guests, the liturgy and ceremony will be simulcast on televisions in Clarke’s Student Activity Center, which is connected to the Kehl Center.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.


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