Giffords to give college commencement address

Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly Photo (By Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly
(By Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Former U.S. representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was nearly killed more than two years when a gunman opened fire in a Tucson parking lot and who still has trouble speaking, will give the commencement address at Bard College in May along with her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly.

Giffords recently testified before a Senate committee on gun control initiatives, uttering exactly 72 words that she read slowly from a piece of paper.

At Bard, she will speak, with Kelly, and then she will be awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Her connection to the college is through alumna Pia Carusone, her former chief of staff, who is now executive director of Americans for Responsible Solutions, the new gun control nonprofit organization founded by Giffords and Kelly.

You can see who is speaking at other colleges and universities this commencement season by clicking here, and here:

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.

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