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Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly to speak at NY commencement

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona
and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, will give the commencement
address at an upstate New York college in May.

Bard College, in the Hudson Valley 90 miles north of New York City, announced
Wednesday that the couple will address more than 600 graduating students during
commencement ceremonies on May 25.

College officials said the 42-year-old Giffords will receive an honorary
doctorate of humane letters from the liberal arts school.

Giffords was among 13 people wounded in a January 2011 shooting outside a
Tucson, Ariz., supermarket that left six others dead. The Democrat resigned
from Congress a year later.

The shooting left Giffords partially blind with a paralyzed right arm and brain

Kelly is a former space shuttle commander.


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