Former Ambassador to Honduras James Creagan will deliver the address during Hiram College’s commencement ceremony on May 15, 2010.
Ambassador Creagan is a career diplomat with more than 33 years of distinguished service in Latin America, Italy and Portugal. As a seasoned leader in public service managing embassies and consulates with hundreds of American and foreign national employees, U.S. President William J. Clinton appointed him as ambassador to Honduras in 1996. Ambassador Creagan served the Clinton Administration until 1999 when he became the president of John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. During his six years as president, John Cabot University’s enrollment tripled and its endowment holdings significantly increased.
“I’ve benefited greatly from the wise counsel of Ambassador Creagan who is a highly accomplished leader in both government and academe,” said Hiram College President Thomas V. Chema. “I look forward to sharing his keen intellect with this year’s graduates and the entire Hiram community.”
Ambassador Creagan is a cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he earned his B.A. in history. He holds a Ph.D. in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. He has amassed dozens of awards and honors during his career, including the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, the Department of State Superior Honor Award for Distinguished Service and the Jose Cecilio del Valle Award of the Government of Honduras which he received for directing U.S. efforts to save lives and rebuild the country after the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in 1998.
Ambassador Creagan currently directs the Center for International Studies at The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.
This year’s graduating class includes 221 traditional students, 63 Weekend College students and seven graduate students in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program.
The commencement ceremony begins at 2 p.m. on the Hiram College campus. Commencement is free and open to the public.