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Montana's former governor will give the commencement address at the University of Montana's graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 19.

Before Marc Racicot speaks at UM's 104th commencement, he will receive an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD).

Racicot now lives in Washington, D.C., where he is a partner in the Texas-based law firm, Bracewell and Patterson. He also serves as chairman of America's Promise: The Alliance For Youth, which was funded and previously chaired by Colin Powell, and works to build character and competence of young Americans by providing interaction with adult mentors.

Racicot was nominated for the honorary degree by UM's School of Law faculty.

"This Montana native has devoted his entire career to public service, and the bulk of that public service has occurred within the state of Montana," said Edwin Eck, dean of the UM Law School.

Racicot has garnered national recognition because of his public role as adviser to President George W. Bush during the Florida election challenges. Earlier in the year, Racicot was among a select few considered for appointment as the U.S. attorney general.

"Over the year, I have found Gov. Racicot to be a good and true friend, a solid supporter of higher education, a wise and committed counselor and a role model for young people," said UM President George Dennison. "He is a great man whose attributes have not yet been fully appreciated."

Racicot earned a bachelor's degree in English from Carroll College in 1970 and received a juris doctorate from the UM Law School in 1973.

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