[CUA Office of Public Affairs]

April 22, 2002


U.S. Attorney General and White House Counsel to Speak at CUA Commencements


The Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, announced today that U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft will be the keynote speaker at CUA's 113th commencement, to be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, in front of the east entrance to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.


President George W. Bush nominated Mr. Ashcroft to serve as attorney general of the United States after winning the 2000 Presidential election. Before joining the Bush Cabinet, Mr. Ashcroft served as governor of Missouri and as a member of the U.S. Senate representing that state. When he was governor, Mr. Ashcroft was ranked by Fortune magazine as one of the nation's top 10 education governors.


Father O'Connell also announced that White House Counsel Alberto R. Gonzales will be the speaker at the commencement ceremony for the Columbus School of Law, which will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.


President-elect Bush named Mr. Gonzales as White House counsel in December 2000. Mr. Gonzales is a former Texas Supreme Court justice and served under Governor Bush as the Texas secretary of state. Mr. Gonzales is the first Hispanic-American to be appointed to the position of White House counsel.



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