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Bring Columbian president for 1990 commencement

(Editor's note: The Tech received a copy of this letter addressed to Mary Morrissey of the Commencement Committee.)

To the Editor:

As I have already mentioned to you and to President Paul E. Gray '54, I would like to nominate Virgilio Barco '43, president of the Republic of Colombia, to be our guest speaker for the 1990 commencement.

I believe that we at MIT should recognize important people from within our own community. What better than to have as a guest the only graduate of our institution who has been able to become head of a country. Furthermore, because Barco served for many years as a member of our Corporation, he knows the Institute from that perspective as well.

Moreover, I believe that the role Latin America is playing in US foreign policy is becoming every day more important in the internationalization of the US economy.

We hear every day what the American press tells about this matter but we really do not know the perspective from within Latin America. Barco, more than any other of our graduates, is the most suitable person to address us about this other side of the coin.

I believe it is important also to know that by June 4, 1990, the day of our commencement, Barco will still have two months left in office but there will already be a newly-elected president to succeed him. This will not only facilitate his visit, but will allow him to expand the limits of his address.

I hope the committee will agree with me regarding the importance of this matter and will extend an invitation to Barco for our 1990 commencement.

As the only Colombian graduating in that year, I avail myself of this opportunity to assure you of my eager involvement and participation in this event.

Julian Iragorri II '90->