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President Bush to Make Commencement Address at A&M

Another President Bush will be making his way to Aggieland next month.

In a message from the White House Thursday, officials there announced the out-going president will make his first trip to Texas A&M as commander-in-chief in order to deliver the commencement address on December 12.

There are two ceremonies that Friday, and it is unknown whether he will speak at one or both events.

In a statement from A&M, President Elsa Murano said, "We are extremely excited and honored to have the President of the United States speak to our Texas A&M graduates on this important day in their lives. We are looking forward to his visit to Aggieland and the message he will deliver to our Aggies."

As governor, Mr. Bush made numerous trips to the university, most notably, for services after the bonfire collapse and the opening of his father's presidential library.

The 43rd president's final day in office comes January 20 when Barack Obama is sworn in, making the A&M address one of the two-term leader's final speeches before the switch.

A&M made a bid to be the first home of two presidential libraries when university leaders sent a proposal to the president's search team. Aggieland was not a finalist, and Mr. Bush eventually decided on Southern Methodist University, the First Lady's alma mater.

It is expected that the First Couple will retire to their Crawford ranch following his second term.

George H. W. Bush also gave a commencement address when he was president. In fact, the speech at the A&M graduation was his first commencement address as president.

Bill Clinton visited the university while in office. He was on hand for the opening of the Bush Library, along with former presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

We'll have more details as they become available.


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