Archivist of the United States will be 2008 Commencement speaker

Allen Weinstein, National ArchivistDr. Allen Weinstein, the noted historian who oversees the nation’s presidential libraries, will speak at SMU’s 93rd Commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. May 17 in Moody Coliseum. SMU expects to award nearly 2,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in the University-wide ceremony.

As Archivist of the United States, Weinstein heads the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), an independent federal agency that preserves and makes available the permanent records of the federal government. NARA’s 38 facilities include the National Archives headquarters in Washington, DC and 13 presidential libraries. The newest addition is the George W. Bush Presidential Library Center to be located on the SMU campus.

“As SMU prepares to serve as a special resource for presidential research, we will be fortunate to hear from the national expert on what presidential libraries can mean to our understanding of U.S. history,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Our graduates will be the beneficiaries of these historical lessons, and when they become leaders in their own right, they will be further empowered to make informed decisions guiding their future.”

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