Mary Eisenhower, chief executive officer of People to People International, will give the commencement address at the York College graduation ceremony on Saturday, April 30.

Eisenhower is the granddaughter of U.S. President and First Lady Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower. Her father, John Eisenhower, was also an accomplished soldier, diplomat, and author.

​Mary Eisenhower’s professional experience includes work on Capitol Hill, managing an engineering firm, time as a fellow at Stanford University, and extensive travel around the world on diplomatic and humanitarian trips. She has worked for more than a decade with People to People International, the organization started by President Eisenhower to promote peace globally by connecting everyday citizens.

Mary Eisenhower has been awarded the Knight of Peace Award from the International University in Assisi, Italy. She also holds honorary doctorates in Humane Letters from Schiller International University, Park University and William Jewell College. She was awarded the Medal of Honor from the Slovak Republic as well as Friendship Ambassador from the People's Republic of China, The Award of Excellence from the Consular Corps, and membership in the OSS Society, among others.

This is Eisenhower’s second visit to the York College campus. She spoke to veterans and students during a special chapel program in March of 2015. Her family has a unique connection to the college, as her great grandparents, David Eisenhower and Ida Stover, met and married at Lane College (Lecompton, Kans.) which is a predecessor of York College.

Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. in the Campbell Activity Center (corner of 10th and Mayhew Ave.) on the York College campus. The ceremony will run approximately two hours. The Concert Choir will also perform during the commencement ceremony. The event will be webcast live.

The doors will open one hour prior to the ceremony for guests. No tickets are required. The event is open to the public, with seating on a first come first serve basis. No reserved seating is permitted, with the exception of seating arranged before the event for individuals with special needs. If you need to make such arrangements, please contact Barbara Munoz at (402) 363-5614.