Vice President Joe Biden to be Yale’s 2015 Class Day Speaker

April 8, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden will address the graduating Yale College Class of 2015 during Class Day, part of Commencement weekend exercises.

Biden will deliver the Class Day lecture on Sunday, May 17 on Old Campus.

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., was born Nov. 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the first of four siblings. In 1953, the Biden family moved from Pennsylvania to Claymont, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School, and served on the New Castle County Council. Then, at age 29, he became one of the youngest people ever elected to the United States Senate.

As a senator from Delaware for 36 years, Biden established himself as a leader on some of the United States’ major domestic and international challenges. As chair or ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years, Biden was widely recognized for his work on criminal justice issues including the landmark 1994 Crime Bill and the Violence Against Women Act. As chair or ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 12 years, Biden played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy. He has been at the forefront of issues and legislation related to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, post-Cold War Europe, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia.

Now, as the 47th vice president of the United States, Biden has continued his leadership on important issues facing the nation. The Vice President was tasked with implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, helping to rebuild our economy and lay the foundation for a sustainable economic future. As part of his continued efforts to raise the living standards of middle-class Americans across the country, Biden has also focused on the issues of college affordability and American manufacturing growth, key priorities of the Obama administration.

Biden continues to draw on his foreign policy experience, advising President Obama on a multitude of international issues. He helped secure the Senate’s approval of the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia, together with significant new funding to maintain U.S. nuclear laboratories. He played a lead role in ending the war in Iraq responsibly, traveling to the country eight times since being elected — most recently in December 2011 to mark the formal end of the war.

In addition, Vice President Biden has supported the Administration’s effort to reestablish leadership in the Asia Pacific, traveling to China, Japan, and Mongolia in August 2011, and completing an exchange of visits in February 2012 with China’s then-Vice President Xi Jinping, who is now that country’s current leader. Biden has represented the United States in every region of the world, advancing the nation’s unprecedented support for Israel’s security, securing approval in Europe for the administration’s more effective approach to missile defense, working with Latin American leaders to combat drug trafficking and international crime, and building relations with key leaders in Africa.

Read the full announcement from YaleNews here.