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February 27, 2002
U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who as minority whip is the highest-ranking woman ever in Congress, will deliver the keynote speech at SFSU's 101st commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 25.

"We are honored to have Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi as our commencement speaker," President Robert A. Corrigan said. "She is a trailblazer in the world of national politics -- an inspiration to all our graduates and to women in particular. Her congressional leadership on issues ranging from HIV and AIDS to the economy, housing, health care and education has shown that she truly remains a representative of the people."

Pelosi, now serving her eighth term representing the citizens of San Francisco in California's Eighth Congressional District, has emerged as a congressional leader. As minority whip, Pelosi is the second-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives behind House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt of Missouri.

A longtime friend and advocate for SFSU, Pelosi has successfully sponsored legislation on behalf of the University and helped secure support for scientific research, early childhood education programs and minority access.

She received the SFSU President's Medal in 1996.

For commencement details, see the Commencement Web site.

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