Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to Speak at Elon University’s Spring Convocation for Honors

By Carolyn VanBrocklin

At 4 p.m. on March 31, former United States Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright will be the featured speaker for Elon’s Spring Convocation for Honors. madeleine-albright

Faculty and President Leo Lambert selected and invited Albright to attend Convocation. George Troxler, Dean of Cultural and Special Programs, was involved in the process of bringing Albright to Elon University.

Troxler said they like to select speakers who are people who have molded world opinion and changed things in the world. “They are people we would like to see students emulate,” Troxler said. He also hopes that the speakers have an appeal to interested students.

Throughout the years, Troxler and his associates invite a variety of speakers who have influenced society in different ways. This way there is a wide range of opinion and experience that speakers bring to campus.

While there is not a set theme for this year’s spring convocation, Troxler said the speaker usually creates a theme within the context of their speech.

Convocation is intended to “honor outstanding students, the donors and graduates,” Troxler said, which includes Dean’s List and President’s list students, graduate students, and members of the Elon Society, the premier annual giving group at Elon.

While Albright has not announced a particular theme or topic that she will be speaking about, Troxler said that she has asked for more information on the university than any other speaker before. “We told her we are recognizing academic excellence,” Troxler said. “It’s very much going with the flow.”

“We ask [speakers] to do more than speak,” Troxler said. “We want more than just for them to come in and give a speech.”

After convocation, Albright will participate in a question and answer session with Leadership fellows. Elon will host a press conference featuring Albright and then she will attend a reception with Elon Society members.

Albright is renowned for her role as the first woman U.S. Secretary of State, having served from 1997 to 2001. She served as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997 and led the U.S. delegation to the United Nation’s Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995.

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