Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City and founder of a global multimedia empire that bears his name, was announced Monday as the 2013 commencement speaker at Stanford University.
"Stanford is known for its entrepreneurial spirit: We encourage our students to think big, to consider how they can make a difference in the world. So it is fitting that Michael Bloomberg will be this year's Commencement speaker," Stanford President John Hennessy told the Stanford News Service.
"Businessman, entrepreneur, mayor, philanthropist -- few people have demonstrated his vision and the breadth of his accomplishments."
In addition to being a pioneer in the financial news and information industry, Bloomberg has diversified New York City's economy, strengthened its schools, increased access to health care and reduced crime as mayor since 2001, Hennessy said.
"And increasingly, he has dedicated himself to improving society through his philanthropic efforts. I expect our graduates will be inspired by a leader willing to tackle difficult issues and find innovative ways to address them," Hennessy said.
The university's 122nd commencement weekend, which is scheduled for June 14-16, will also feature a "class day" lecture by Mehran Sahami, an associate professor of computer science, and a baccalaureate address by alumna Valerie Kaur, a post-9/11 civil rights advocate and interfaith organizer.
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