Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will deliver Scripps College’s Commencement Address this year, the college announced on Monday, Feb. 22.
Albright was the first female Secretary of State, serving in the Clinton Administration from 1997 to 2001. She is now a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy and business advisory firm. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2012.
“We proudly welcome Dr. Albright to Scripps College, and eagerly anticipate a glimpse of the person ‘behind the position’ that so many of us admire for her history-making role as America’s first female Secretary of State,” wrote Scripps interim president Amy Marcus-Newhall in the college’s online announcement.
Albright was the subject of some controversy in early February: While introducing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a rally in New Hampshire, she declared that “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” In an op-ed for The New York Times published a week later, Albright sought to defend and contextualize her comments.
“I absolutely believe what I said, that women should help one another, but this was the wrong context and the wrong time to use that line,” she wrote.
Scripps’ 86th annual commencement will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, on Elm Tree Lawn.