Academic Ceremonies - Commencement
Commencement 2010 Speaker
and Honorary Degree Recipient
Veterans Affairs Secretary Shinseki to Deliver Commencement Address
Eric K. Shinseki
Doctor of Laws
United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki will deliver the address to graduates at the University of Vermont’s 2010 commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 23. Secretary Shinseki will also receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at the ceremony.
Secretary Shinseki was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the seventh secretary of Veterans Affairs on January 21, 2009. A retired U.S. Army four-star general, Secretary Shinseki served as chief of staff of the United States Army from 1999 to 2003, when he retired from active duty. During his tenure, he initiated the Army Transformation Campaign to address both the emerging strategic challenges of the early 21st century and the need for cultural and technological change in the United States Army.
Secretary Shinseki, who was vice chief of staff from 1998 to 1999, previously served simultaneously as commanding general, Seventh United States Army; commander, Allied Land Forces, Central Europe; and commander of the NATO-led stabilization force in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He served two tours in Vietnam where he was injured in combat on separate occasions between 1965 and 1970. He was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Medal, among others.
Secretary Shinseki holds a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and is a graduate of the National War College. He also earned a master of arts degree in English literature from Duke University.