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Greece’s Prime Minister To Deliver Tufts Commencement Address

Greece’s Prime Minister To Deliver Tufts Commencement AddressKostasKaramanlis – the youngest prime minister in modern Greekhistory – to be joined by Oscar-winning actor, Hiroshimamayor, former Dartmouth president andNational Medal of Science winner. Medford/Somerville,Mass.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [03.30.05] Tufts graduate and Prime Minister of Greece KostasKaramanlis will deliver the annual commencement address atTufts, University officials announced today. After leading hisNew Democracy party to victory in March 2004, the 48-year-oldKaramanlis became the youngest person elected prime minister inmodern Greek history.

“PrimeMinister Karamanlis is one of Europe’s most dynamic leaders,and a rising star on the global political stage,” TuftsPresident Lawrence S. Bacow said. “His international perspective,commitment to public service and leadership are all qualitiesour students, faculty and staff hold with the highest regard.”

Calling hiselection to office “the start of a new era,” Karamanlishas made the establishment of Greece as the Mediterranean’sprimary economic hub one of his top priorities. He has also initiatedbroad education and health reforms.

Just fivemonths after taking office, Prime Minister Karamanlis presidedover the 2004Summer Olympics, which returned to Greece for the first timein more than 100 years.

During Tufts’149th commencement exercises – scheduled for Sun., May 22,2005 – Karamanlis will be awarded an honorary doctorateof laws. He will be joined by an accomplished group of honorarydegree recipients:


•Oscar-winning actor and Tufts graduate William Hurtwill receive an honorary doctorate of fine arts [pastE-News coverage]; •Mayor of Hiroshima and former Tufts mathematics professorTadatoshi Akiba will receive an honorarydoctorate of humane letters;JamesOFreedman •Former Dartmouth College President James O. Freedmanwill receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters;AnnMGraybiel •National Medal of Science winner and Tufts graduate AnnM. Graybiel will receive an honorary doctorate ofscience;

In addition,on Saturday, May 21, Tufts graduate and New Mexico Governor BillRichardson [pastE-news coverage] will address the graduates of The FletcherSchool during their annual Class Day ceremonies.













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