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Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to speak at annual Cuyahoga Community College scholarship luncheon

October 9, 2018

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to speak at annual Cuyahoga Community College scholarship luncheon

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Robert Gates, a former U.S. Secretary of Defense who served under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, will be the keynote speaker for Cuyahoga Community College’s annual Presidential Scholarship Luncheon. 

Gates served as secretary of defense from 2006 to 2011. He also directed the Central Intelligence Agency from 1991 to 1993 and worked in intelligence for 27 years. Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom his last day in office.

The Tri-C annual Presidential Scholarship Luncheon is known for illustrious speakers. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton both spoke at the event, along with figures such as Madeleine Albright, Oprah Winfrey, former Prime Minister Tony Blair and poet Maya Angelou. 

The luncheon raises millions of dollars each year for Tri-C scholarships. Last year, the event raised $1.2 million with keynote speaker Octavia Spencer. Since its inception in 1992, it’s raised more than $18.5 million. 

The luncheon will take place on Nov. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:05 p.m. Gates’ session will be moderated by Toby Cosgrove, former CEO and president of the Cleveland Clinic. 

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