Jeffrey D. Feltman, '81, United Nations undersecretary general for political affairs, delivered Ball State University's Spring Commencement address on Saturday, May 4, 2013. The Midwestern native and former U.S. ambassador to Lebanon addressed the crowd after receiving an honorary doctor of laws degree.
Feltman retired from the Department of State after more than two decades of government service, promoting peace and prosperity in the Middle East and Europe. In his current role, he oversees diplomatic efforts to prevent and mitigate conflict around the world.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented Feltman with the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award in 2012. He received the President’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and the Senior Foreign Service Performance Award eight times. In 2003, then Secretary of State Colin Powell presented him with the Department of State's James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence.
Feltman graduated from Ball State in 1981 with a bachelor of science degree in history and fine arts. In 1983, he earned a master of arts in law and diplomacy from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Many accomplished alumni and exciting personalities have addressed the Ball State community during Commencement, a time-honored tradition for the university.
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