Albright, whose latest book is entitled “Facism: A Warning,” shattered the glass ceiling when she was named the nation’s first female secretary of state by President Bill Clinton in 1997.
During her four years a Secretary of State, she reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor and environmental standards abroad.
“We are pleased to have Secretary Albright, a distinguished leader in international diplomacy, serve as this year’s All Campus Commencement Speaker,” said Chancellor Pradeep Khosla. “UC San Diego’s teaching and research prepares students as scholars, global citizens and changemakers. We look forward to having Secretary Albright reinforce these values and share her insight as a strong female leader and dedicated public servant who inspires making a positive impact on the globe.”
Albright emigrated to the U.S. from Czechoslovakia at age 11, and is the granddaughter of Holocaust victims. She was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s White House Staff and National Security Council, working alongside Zbigniew Brzezinski. She is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
She often tells college students, “You are a remarkable generation that needs to be involved more than ever. There are serious issues in this country. Tuning out is a mistake. When people of your generation decide they cannot do anything, we’re really in very deep trouble.”
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