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Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 9, 2008

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Receive Honorary Air University Degree

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will receive the first honorary degree conferred by Air University in recognition of her contributions to the fields of international relations and national security at a ceremony at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama on Monday, April 14, at 9:00 a.m.

Secretary Rice, an Alabama native, has been chosen to be the first recipient of an Air University honorary Doctor of Letters degree. Her focus on international relations and national security, along with a strong academic core, is analogous with Air University’s character. Air University is a major component of Air Education and Training Command, and the intellectual and leadership center of the Air Force. Air University’s eight colleges and schools provide the full spectrum of Air Force education, from pre-commissioning to professional military education, including degree granting and professional continuing education for officers, enlisted, and civilian personnel throughout their careers. 

The ceremony will be open for press coverage.

Media arrival time: 7:00 a.m. at the Bell Street Gate
Pre-set time for cameras: 7:30 a.m. at the Polifka Auditorium (escort required)
Final access time for writers and still photographers: 8:00 a.m. at the Bell Street Gate

Air University Public Affairs
Capt. Ben Sakrisson, (334) 953-3779
Mr. Phil Berube, (334) 953-6371
Ms. Lynis Cox, (334) 953-6328

Media interested in covering the event should contact Air University Public Affairs for accreditation no later than 1 p.m., April 11. 


Released on April 9, 2008

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