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U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Susan Rice to Deliver Convocation Address
Susan Rice
Ambassador Susan E. Rice

WASHINGTON (August 20, 2012) – Ambassador Susan E. Rice will serve as the keynote speaker at Howard University’s 145th Convocation, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. in Cramton Auditorium on the main campus.

Rice is the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet. She has served as a senior advisor for national security affairs on the Obama for America Campaign and as a leader of Obama’s first-term transition team.

From 1997-2001, Rice held the post of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs where she oversaw U.S. foreign policy for 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and 43 U.S. Embassies. In 2000, Rice was co-recipient of the White House’s Samuel Nelson Drew Memorial Award for distinguished contributions to the formation of peaceful, cooperative relationships between states.

Ambassador Rice received a master’s degree and a doctorate in international relations from New College, University of Oxford, England, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She was awarded the Chatham House-British International Studies Association Prize for the most distinguished doctoral dissertation in the United Kingdom in the field of international relations. Rice earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was a Truman Scholar. Ambassador Rice is married and has two children.

Opening convocation is a time-honored tradition, officially signaling the start of the academic year. The ceremony serves as a welcoming ceremony for new students and an opportunity to recognize recent achievements of the University. The event is free and open to the public.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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