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Media advisory for press conference with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

May 06, 2014

WHAT: Media are invited to a pre-commencement press conference with America’s top educator Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Duncan will address nearly 9,000 Arizona State University students at the spring 2014 undergraduate commencement ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, in Sun Devil Stadium on ASU’s Tempe campus.

WHO: President Barack Obama named U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to his cabinet post in 2009. Since that time, Duncan has led initiatives to expand access to high-quality early learning for all children, strengthen K-12 education and close achievement gaps, and make college more affordable and attainable for everyone. ASU story:

WHEN: Reporting time for the press conference is 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The press conference will be held 6:35-6:50 p.m. A light snack will be served.

Please confirm your participation in the press conference by 5 p.m., Monday, May 12.

WHERE: Tom and Gloria Dutson Theatre at Ed and Nadine Carson Student-Athlete Center, 500 E. Veterans Way, adjacent to Sun Devil Stadium on ASU’s Tempe campus. Media parking is available at Stadium Parking Structure that has a clearance of 6’6’’. Media pad outside the stadium will open at 6 p.m. for television trucks only.

Please present your press pass for a media credential at the ASU media check-in table on the southwest entrance of Sun Devil Stadium.

HOW: A multbox will be made available. TV news media will require livepacks to cover the press conference, as it will be held on the third floor of Carson Center.

CONTACT: Please contact Iti Agnihotri, ASU Media Relations, at (479) 236-9969 (cell) or

LINKS: For information on pre-event and undergraduate commencement coverage, here is the media advisory on 2014 commencement coverage.

For traffic, list of prohibited items, and other ASU graduation related information, visit

Arizona State University – ASU is one of the nation’s leading public research universities and is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world.  Known for innovation and entrepreneurism, ASU has pioneered the model for a New American University with a focus on accessibility and quality education, training students to learn for a lifetime. According to its mission, ASU “will be measured not by who we exclude, but rather by who we include and how they succeed; pursuing research and discovery that benefits the public good; assuming major responsibility for the economic, social, and cultural vitality and health and well-being of the community.”