Yale Snags Bill Clinton for Commencement

The former president, who graduated from Yale Law School, will address the 2010 graduating class in May.

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It's that time of year when schools start dropping names like crazy. That is, schools announce their commencement speakers. And in true we-can-top-you-Harvard fashion, Yale University's commencement speaker is about as big as it gets. 

Bill Clinton will address the 2010 graduating class at Yale's Class Day in May, the Yale Daily News reports. The former president spoke at Yale in 2001 and 2008, for Yale's tercentennial and his 35-year reunion, respectively. Clinton's wife, Hillary, who also graduated from Yale Law in 1973, addressed Yale's graduating class in 2001. 

"I am delighted that President Clinton has agreed to be the Class Day speaker," University President Richard Levin says in an E-mail to the Daily News. "Every one of his speeches at Yale have combined his clear affection for his alma mater, his encyclopedic knowledge of global affairs, and his boundless optimism." 

Students are excited about the selection, too. 

"I think it's important that he urge us to make some difficult decisions and try to feel responsible to this world that we live in," Class of 2010 Treasurer Caitlin York tells the Daily News. "He knows that not all of us are going to become American presidents, but I hope he can relate to us how people can make a difference on a more minor scale." 

The jury's still out on whether this tops Paper Trail's commencement speaker—Dan Marino. 

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