Former Nebraska Gov. Joseph Robert Kerrey will deliver the keynote at Creighton University’s 2019 commencement on Saturday, May 18 at the CHI Health Center.

Cindy Workman, Director of Public Relations at Creighton, said that while Kerrey was the president of the New School, a university founded on democratic ideals, the New School “experienced unprecedented growth in enrollment, faculty, scholarships, capital projects research and international engagement.”

Kerrey served one term as Nebraska’s governor and represented Nebraska in the United States Senate from 1989-2001.

In addition, his public service after Congress includes the 9/11 Commission, advisory board of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association, co-chair of the Concord Coalition and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Kerrey also served the country as a Navy Seal during the Vietnam War.

He was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in combat where he was seriously wounded and lost the lower part of his right leg.

Now, Kerrey is currently managing director at Allen and Company.

Kerrey is also noted for the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge connecting Omaha and Council Bluffs. The bridge is named after him because he secured $18 million of federal funding for it in 2000.

Patrick Dougherty, a College of Arts and Sciences senior, said he was delighted at the news of the speaker.

“It’s always nice to hear the perspective of someone who has served in public office,” Dougherty said. “I’m looking forward to this special day and this adds another reason to be excited!”

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