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First Year Academic Convocation

John McCain

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Format: Lecture

Length: 18 minutes

Boston College’s third annual academic convocation for first-year students features a keynote address by John McCain, Republican senator from Arizona, who makes a moral appeal to the students to look above self-interest in their lives and careers. He makes the same challenge to the government, saying the United States is “an unfinished nation” that “must not sacrifice our values in the war on terrorism.”

In weeks prior to the convocation, McCain had been critical of the Bush administration's interpretation of the Geneva Convention's standards on the treatment of prisoners of war. A fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, McCain was captured and tortured as a POW in North Vietnam for six years.

Presenter(s): John McCain

Date: September 18, 2006

Location: Conte Forum

Sponsor(s): Office of First Year Experience

URL: http://frontrow.bc.edu/program/mccain/

The information on this page is accurate as of September 2006