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Governor Pawlenty ('86) to deliver commencement address

APRIL 1, 2008—The Law School's 120th Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2008 will be held the morning of Saturday, May 17, 2008, at Northrop Memorial Auditorium. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, a St. Paul native and Law School graduate, class of 1986, will deliver the Commencement Address.

Pawlenty practiced law and was a City Council member in Eagan, Minnesota, before being elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives from Dakota County's District 38B in 1992. During his years in the House, he was chair of the Rules and Legislative Administration Committee and served on several others, including General Legislation and the Civil and Family Law Division of the Judiciary Subcommittee. He was the Republican Party Majority Leader from 1999 to 2002.

He served in the House until 2002, when he was elected Minnesota's 39th governor. He was re-elected in 2006.

The Commencement Ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. when Assistant Dean of Students Erin Keyes leads graduates into the auditorium. In addition to Governor Pawlenty's address, the event features a J.D. and an LL.M. class graduation address and presentation of student, teaching, and excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service awards. A reception on Northrop Terrace and Mall will follow the ceremony.

The public is welcome to attend, and no tickets are necessary. Auditorium doors will open at 9:15 a.m. The east-door entrance is preferable for elderly and handicapped guests. Northrop Memorial Auditorium is located at 84 Church Street SE, on the East Bank of the Minneapolis campus. More information on the commencement ceremony is available here.

On Sunday, May 18, 2008, University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks and his wife, Susan Hagstrum, will host receptions for graduates, their family, and a guest at Eastcliff from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.



Gov. Tim Pawlenty ('86)