Russert and Barnholdt to speak at commencement

The 154th Santa Clara University Commencement ceremonies for graduate and undergraduate programs on June 10 and 11 will feature speeches by NBC newsman Tim Russert and Edward W. (Ned) Barnholt, chairman emeritus of Agilent Technologies and the company’s former chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Tim Russert

Russert is the managing editor and moderator of “Meet the Press” and political analyst for the NBC Nightly News and the “Today Show.”

He anchors “The Tim Russert Show,” a weekly interview program on CNBC and is a contributing anchor for MSNBC. Russert also serves as senior vice president and Washington bureau chief of NBC News. He will receive an honorary degree at the ceremony.

Ned Barnholt

Edward W. (Ned) Barnholt is chairman emeritus of Agilent Technologies and the company’s former chairman, president and chief executive officer. He was responsible for guiding Agilent through its spin-off from Hewlett-Packard Company in 1999. Barnholt, who was born in 1943 in New York City, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is a director of KLA-Tencor Corporation. He will also receive an honorary degree.

Honorary Degrees

Bishop Samuel Ruiz and the late Sister Dorothy Stang will also receive honorary degrees at the undergraduate commencement.

Ruiz was appointed Bishop of Chiapas by Pope John XXIII in 1959, at the age of 35. He went served the people of Chiapas as Bishop for 40 years. He has received international recognition for his work to combat human rights violations in Mexico, including three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Stang, 74, a sister in the Order of Notre Dame de Namur and a leader in the Catholic Church’s Pastoral Land Commission, was assassinated in February near Anapu, a rural town in Brazil. She was an outspoken defender of the rainforest and worked to help local people who were threatened by illegal logging there. Hers will be the first posthumous honorary degree that SCU has granted.

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