SOURCE: Walden University

Walden University

January 07, 2010 17:19 ET

Former U.S. Secretary of Education to Speak at Walden University's January Commencement

Margaret Spellings, a Leader in Reforming Education, Will Address Graduates of the Accredited Online University on January 23

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - January 7, 2010) - Margaret Spellings, former U.S. Secretary of Education, will speak at Walden University's winter commencement on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 1:30 p.m. in Dallas. Walden will celebrate the graduation of more than 3,000 students at its 43rd commencement ceremony, to be held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

"Walden is honored to have Secretary Spellings address the impact that education can have on every child and on our nation's prosperity," said Jonathan Kaplan, president of Walden University. "We look forward to having her share her insight, knowledge and experience with our graduates and guests."

As the U.S. Secretary of Education from 2005 to 2009, Spellings has been involved with education policy at every level. She led the effort to pass the American Competitiveness Initiative to strengthen math and science instruction. Under her direction, the Department of Education partnered with states to implement and enforce the No Child Left Behind Act, committing U.S. schools to bringing all students up to grade level or better in reading and math by 2014.

Spellings is the second former Secretary of Education to speak at Walden's commencement. Richard W. Riley, Secretary of Education under President Clinton, addressed graduates and guests in January 2008. Spellings will also contribute to Walden University's "Perspectives on the World" series, which brings distinguished speakers to university events to share their diverse global views. For more information, visit www.waldenu.edu/perspectives.

The commencement ceremony and address can be viewed live at www.WaldenU.edu.

About Walden University:

For 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 36,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are pursuing their bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees at Walden, which is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network -- a global network of 45 online and campus-based universities in 20 countries.

Walden offers more than 40 degree programs with more than 180 specializations and concentrations including health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration, technology and engineering. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

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