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Senator Klobuchar Will Give Commencement Speech

Senator Amy Klobuchar
Jenna Ray
Publication date: 
March 27, 2018

United States Senator Amy Klobuchar will serve as the 2018 Commencement speaker at the University of Minnesota, Morris on Saturday, May 12.

Senator Klobuchar is the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate. Throughout her public service, she has always embraced the values she learned growing up in Minnesota.

"We are honored and thrilled that Senator Klobuchar has accepted our students' invitation to serve as this year's Commencement speaker," said Chancellor Michelle Behr. "The Senator shares UMM's commitment to serving the people of Minnesota, and her commencement address will rightfully celebrate our graduates as future leaders in our state."

About the Senator

Since arriving in the Senate, Senator Klobuchar has worked with Democrats and Republicans on legislation focused on moving the country forward. In 2015 she was appointed Chair of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, where she brings together senators, businesses, community leaders, policy experts and intergovernmental organizations to help develop policies to strengthen the economy.

As Ranking Senate Member of the Joint Economic Committee and a member of the President's Export Council and the Senate Commerce Committee, Senator Klobuchar has been a leader in working to implement a competitive agenda to ensure businesses have the tools they need to grow and create good jobs in their communities.

Senator Klobuchar also serves as the Ranking Member on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, where she has worked to advance policies that protect consumers from anti-competitive behavior and make sure businesses are able to compete on a level playing field.

Before serving in the Senate, Senator Klobuchar headed the largest prosecutor's office in Minnesota, making the prosecution of violent and career criminals her top priority. As a private citizen she was the leading advocate for successful passage of one of the first laws in the country guaranteeing 48-hour hospital stays for new moms and their babies.

Senator Klobuchar was the valedictorian of her Wayzata High School class. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School.

About Commencement

Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 12, at 1:30 p.m. on the campus mall. The public is invited to attend the ceremony or to watch it streamed online at Learn more at