Going Back to Her Roots

Laura Bush is getting back to her roots, her university roots that is.

The former first lady will return to her alma mater, Southern Methodist University, for its 94th Commencement Ceremony.

Bush graduated from SMU in 1968, with a bachelor's degree in elementary education.

“With her life-long dedication to education and the global insights she has gained from her years as first lady, Mrs. Bush will offer a unique perspective to our graduates. At the same time, she brings a shared memory of her own graduation from the University,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are pleased to welcome her back to campus for this important academic tradition.

In 1999, Bush, received SMU's Distinguished Alumni Award. 

As governor, George Bush donated money in his wife's honor for her contributions to libraries and literature to build a promenade on the University Park campus.  The Laura Bush Promenade is a garden and seating area outside the Fondren Library Center.

SMU will award nearly 2,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

The commencement ceremony will take place in Moody Coliseum on May 16.

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