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Pa. Governor to address SU's Sesquicentennial Class

April 18, 2008

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.)-Edward G. Rendell, Pennsylvania's 45th governor, will address Susquehanna University's Class of 2008 during commencement ceremonies May 11. Susquehanna will close its 150th academic year by conferring degrees on an anticipated 458 graduates.

"Gov. Rendell's commencement address will be a fitting way to send our sesquicentennial class into the world," said Susquehanna University President L. Jay Lemons. "His accomplishments as governor in education and economic development speak to the value these bright new minds will bring to the American workforce."

Rendell's accomplishments since taking office in 2003 include the development of a $2.8 billion economic stimulus plan to create new jobs and revitalize communities, resulting in a net gain of more than 174,000 jobs since 2003. He also championed the first minimum wage increase in nearly a decade.

Under Rendell's leadership, Pennsylvania has become a national leader in early childhood investment, and more than half of the state's kindergartners are now in full-day programs. The state has also seen a dramatic increase in the number of older Pennsylvanians who receive affordable prescription drugs through Pennsylvania's PACE and PACENET programs.  

Rendell is a leader in pursuing energy independence-creating jobs in the emerging alternative energy economy while developing effective strategies to reduce dependence on foreign oil.

In addition, Rendell won passage of the landmark Growing Greener 2 environmental investment package, a $625 million initiative that is cleaning up rivers and streams, improving parks, returning abandoned industrial sites to productive use, protecting open space and preserving farmland.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University School of Law, Rendell served two terms as district attorney of Philadelphia, from 1978-1985. He was mayor of Philadelphia from 1992-99, and general chair of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 presidential election.

Contact: Gerald Cohen
570-372-4119

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