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Hiroshima survivor to speak at 2014 commencement
Hiroshima survivor Tanimoto “Koko” Kondo will be Webster University’s 2014 commencement speaker.
Kondo, 71, was one of the youngest survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. She went on to become an internationally recognized peace advocate, according to an article on Webster Today.
“Her life-long dedication to building a sense of tolerance and acceptance is consistent with Webster’s commitment to building cross-cultural connections and promoting world citizenship,” said Webster University Provost and Senior Vice President Julian Schuster in a post on Webster Today.
Kondo worked with Webster in 2009 as a guest speaker for a class that travelled to Japan. She has spent the majority of her life sharing stories of the victims of Hiroshima and frequently speaks at her alma mater, American University in Washington D.C.
“Koko Kondo has honored the Webster University worldwide community by agreeing to speak to our graduates in the 2014 commencement ceremonies,” said Webster University President Elizabeth Stroble in a post on Webster Today.
Webster’s commencement ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 at The Muny In Forest Park.