Hillary Clinton to Attend College Reunion?

The former secretary of State has often returned to Wellesley College, and may once again on the eve of her book tour.

Caption:WELLESLEY, UNITED STATES: Hillary Clinton, a 1969 graduate of Wellesley College, greets friends in the faculty before joining the academic procession to the 1992 commencement exercises where she was the keynote speaker 29 May. Clinton graduated with high honors from Wellesley, in Massachustts where she was president of the student government.
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Alex Seitz Wald
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Alex Seitz-Wald
June 3, 2014, 9:22 a.m.

Welles­ley Col­lege, which looms large in Hil­lary Clin­ton’s polit­ic­al nar­rat­ive, is host­ing its an­nu­al alum­nae re­union next week­end and ru­mors are swirl­ing among oth­er gradu­ates that the former sec­ret­ary of State will make a sur­prise ap­pear­ance at events for her 45th re­union.

While the col­lege said no plans are fi­nal­ized, and Clin­ton’s people did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment, Welles­ley played a large role in shap­ing the one-time pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate’s world­view. A vis­it now, as Clin­ton pre­pares for a book tour seen widely as a pre­amble to a po­ten­tial 2016 run, would help un­der­score the school’s im­port­ance and be a rare op­por­tun­ity to con­nect with old friends be­fore the on­slaught be­gins.

Madeleine Al­bright, a pre­de­cessor as sec­ret­ary of State and close Clin­ton ally, is speak­ing Sat­urday at 2:00pm. Al­bright gradu­ated from Welles­ley 10 years be­fore Clin­ton. 

Clin­ton came of age polit­ic­ally at Welles­ley, en­ter­ing as a Re­pub­lic­an and leav­ing as an an­ti­war Demo­crat. A com­mence­ment speech she gave de­cry­ing the Vi­et­nam War garnered na­tion­al at­ten­tion and launched her polit­ic­al ca­reer.

She re­turned in 1992 as first lady to give the col­lege’s com­mence­ment speech, and sev­er­al years later to re­ceive an award.

In Novem­ber of 2007, Clin­ton came back once again, this time as a pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate, to kick off her stu­dent-or­gan­iz­ing ef­fort. “When I came to Welles­ley, I nev­er in a mil­lion years could have ima­gined I would one day re­turn as a can­did­ate for the pres­id­ency of the United States,” she said at the time.

Might she re­prise that role once again?

A spokes­per­son for the col­lege said the school its cross­ing its fin­gers for a vis­it from the po­ten­tial 2016 pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate. “We hope Sec­ret­ary Clin­ton will at­tend her re­union this year, but can­not con­firm it at this point,” said Eliza­beth Gilder­sleeve, Welles­ley’s as­sist­ant vice pres­id­ent for com­mu­nic­a­tions and pub­lic af­fairs. “If she is able to at­tend, she will not be speak­ing, but will in­stead be par­ti­cip­at­ing in re­union activ­it­ies that are not open to the pub­lic.”

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