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Agriculture secretary challenges Albany Law graduates

The 163rd Albany Law School Commencement was held at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Friday morning. The Honorable Thomas J. Vilsack, Class of 1975, and the nation's 30th Secretary of Agriculture ( Gov. of Iowa) receives a standing ovation after his Commencement Address. He shakes hands with Associate Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam of the New York Court of Appeals.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
The 163rd Albany Law School Commencement was held at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Friday morning. The Honorable Thomas J. Vilsack, Class of 1975, and the nation's 30th Secretary of Agriculture ( Gov. of Iowa) receives a standing ovation after his Commencement Address. He shakes hands with Associate Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam of the New York Court of Appeals.
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Before Tom Vilsack was named the nation’s 30th secretary of agriculture, before he headed the fifth-largest federal department, before he ran for president and served as a governor, state senator and mayor, before all of that, he desperately wanted to get into law school. He had eight rejection letters. A University of Iowa interviewer told him there were other career paths out there, things to pursue other than the law. Then his ninth and last ...

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