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First Lady Delivered Seaver College 2007 Commencement Address
Pepperdine University hosted the First Lady Laura Bush as the 2007 Seaver College Commencement speaker and recipient of Pepperdine’s Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. The event took place on Apr. 28 at Pepperdine’s Malibu campus.
Mrs. Bush is Honorary Ambassador for the United Nations Literacy Decade, serving as an international spokesperson for efforts to educate people throughout the world, especially women and girls. She is actively involved in issues of national and global concern, with a particular emphasis on education, health care, and human rights.
As the leader of President Bush's Helping America's Youth initiative, Mrs. Bush is listening to the concerns of young people, parents, and community leaders throughout the country and drawing attention to programs that help children avoid risky behaviors like drug and alcohol use, early sexual activity, and violence. She's highlighting the need of every child to have a caring adult role model in his or her life - whether that adult is a parent, grandparent, teacher, coach, or mentor.
The First Lady is passionate about the importance and pleasures of reading, and she joined with the Library of Congress to launch the first National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., in September 2001. Mrs. Bush taught in public schools in Dallas and Houston. In 1973, she earned a master of library science degree from the University of Texas and worked as a public school librarian. In 1977, she met and married George Walker Bush. They are the parents of twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, who are named for their grandmothers.
Nearly 10,000 guests attended the 2007 commencement program with the majority of seats going to approximately 650 Pepperdine graduates and their families.