Named to his post in 1996, Richardson played a key role in forcing Iraq to comply with UN Security Council resolutions, in insisting that the US pay its $1 billion debt to the UN, and in pushing for UN reforms.
"Ambassador Richardson's record of success in troubleshooting hot spots on the international stage, including dealing with some of the toughest dictators, is a concrete manifestation of the ideal which Boston College Law School embraces in its commitment to international human rights," said Law School Dean Aviam Soifer. "I'm delighted that he will be addressing the Class of 1998."
Richardson is a member of the president's Cabinet and is a member of the National Security Council. He is the first Hispanic to serve in a foreign policy, cabinet-level position. Before becoming the US representative to the UN, Richardson served in Congress for 14 years, representing New Mexico's Third Congressional District. Although active in domestic issues, he was best known for his work as a diplomatic troubleshooter, freeing hostages and prisoners in Bangladesh, Cuba, Iraq, North Korea and the Sudan. He was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Richardson received a bachelor's degree from Tufts University and a master's degree from Tufts' Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
The Law School Commencement Exercises will be held at 2 p.m. on Alumni Field on the Newton Campus. In the event of rain, Commencement Exercises will be held in Conte Forum.
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