Christine Lagarde to Speak at Illinois Institute of Technology's Commencement Ceremony on May 16, 2015

May 15, 2015, 13:00 ET from Illinois Institute of Technology

CHICAGO, May 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will be the keynote speaker at Illinois Institute of Technology's commencement ceremony in Chicago on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Lagarde, a native of France who was appointed to her position at the IMF in July 2011, previously served as the French Finance Minister and as the country's Minister of Foreign Trade.  Internationally known as an anti-trust and labor lawyer, she was elected by the partnership of Baker & McKenzie as the firm's chairman in 1999, a post she held until 2005. She holds degrees from Institute of Political Studies and from the Law School of Paris X University.

Founded in 1890, Illinois Institute of Technology is a private, technology-focused, research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law. One of 21 institutions that comprise the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU), the university is recognized for providing exceptional preparation for professions that require technological sophistication, an innovative mindset, and an entrepreneurial spirit.  Among its notable graduates are Martin Cooper, known as the father of the cell phone, and Marvin Camras, who pioneered magnetic tape recording.

NOTE:  This graduation ceremony is a private, ticketed event for students, faculty, staff, and invited guests of Illinois Institute of Technology. Media requests to film at the ceremony, record the event, or attend the ceremony cannot be accommodated.

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