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Jack Kemp to Speak and Receive Honorary Degree at Commencement

Jack Kemp, former congressman and Republican vice presidential candidate, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from the university on Friday, May 9, at USC’s 114th annual graduation ceremony.

Kemp, a former nine-term congressman who received the Republican Party’s nomination for vice president in 1996, is co-director of Empower America, a public-policy and advocacy organization he co-founded in 1993 with William Bennett and former Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick.

Prior to founding Empower America, Kemp served for four years as secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Bush Administration. Before his appointment to the Cabinet, Kemp represented the Buffalo area and western New York in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971 to 1989. Kemp came to Congress after 13 years as a professional quarterback; he was captain of the San Diego Chargers and the Buffalo Bills. He co-founded the AFL Players Association where he served as president for five terms.

A native of Los Angeles, Kemp earned his B.A. from Occidental College in 1957 and pursued graduate studies at Cal State-Long Beach and California Western University.

Others to receive honorary degrees Friday at USC are neurobiologist Jean-Pierre Changeux; Michael Green, president and CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

Inc.; philanthropist Katherine Bogdanovich Loker; philanthropist Kathleen Leavey McCarthy; and William Wrigley, president and CEO of the William Wrigley Jr. Co.

The processional march begins at 8:30 a.m., and the ceremony begins at 9 a.m. in USC’s Alumni Memorial Park.

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