Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, will deliver the 2009 undergraduate commencement address to more than 1,355 students at Loyola Marymount University’s 97th annual commencement at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9th.

More than 2,365 bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees will be conferred this spring. The three ceremonies will be held at the Sunken Garden on the Westchester campus.

Fox, who served from 2000 to 2006, was the first president of Mexico to be elected from an opposition party in 90 years and was the first to defeat the country’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in 71 years.

The ex-president, whose paternal grandfather was born in the United States and was an American citizen, was the second of nine children born to a farming family in Guanajuato, Mexico. According to his official biography, Fox attended the in Mexico City and Harvard Business School, where he received a diploma in top management skills.

Fox joined Coca-Cola Mexico in 1964 as a route supervisor and worked his way to head of the company’s operations for all Latin America. He entered politics in the 1980s and served as a federal congressman, secretary of agriculture and governor of the state of Guanajuato before being elected president.

LMU commencement ceremonies are open to the public. Tickets are required to park on campus. Non-ticketed guests are encouraged to park at Playa Vista, where shuttles will transport them to the campus. Approximately 10,000 guests are expected for the undergraduate ceremony.

Ramon C. Cortines, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, will speak at the graduate commencement at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 10th.

LMU’s law school graduation will be held at noon Sunday, May 17th. The keynote speaker is the Honorable Ruth V. McGregor, chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.

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