Baker And Sara James To Speak At U.Va.
8, 1999 -- Former U.S. Senator Howard H. Baker Jr.
and NBC correspondent Sara James are among scheduled speakers for
Finals Weekend at the University of Virginia on May 22 and 23.
170th U.Va. graduation speaker, Baker will deliver the commencement
address at Final Exercises on the Lawn on Sunday, May 23.
respected on the national political scene, Baker served in the U.S.
Senate from 1967 to 1985 as a Republican from Tennessee. He rose
to national prominence during the Watergate hearings in 1973 as
vice chairman of the Senate committee investigating former President
Richard M. Nixon.
was the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention in
1976, and was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination
in 1980. During his Senate career he served both as minority leader
and majority leader.
of Baker's international duties have included serving as a delegate
to the United Nations in 1976, and on the President's Foreign Intelligence
is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Washington
Institute of Foreign Affairs and is on the boards of the Forum of
International Policy, the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation
Foundation, and U.Va.'s Miller Center for Public Affairs.
received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest
civilian award, in 1984, and he has received numerous honorary degrees
from educational institutions.
undergraduate studies at the University of the South and Tulane
received his law degree from the University of Tennessee.
who will speak at Valedictory Exercises on Saturday, May 22, is
a 1983 graduate of the University of Virginia. She joined NBC News'
"Dateline" in 1994.
addition to her duties for the newsmagazine, James also serves as
a substitute co-anchor and news reader on NBC News' "Today" and
weekend editions of "Today."
native of Durham, N.C., who grew up in Richmond, she worked at WWBT
in Richmond from 1984 until 1986.
graduation committee of the class trustees chooses the speaker for
Valedictory Exercises based on nominations from members of the fourth-year
class. The exercises will include the presentation of student and
faculty awards and the 1999 class gift.
Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629.