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Condoleezza Rice MSU freshman convocation tickets to be released to public Aug. 6

July 30, 2012 -- MSU News Service

Tickets will be available at 10 a.m. Aug. 6 to the general public for a Sept. 5 lecture by Condoleezza Rice, the former U.S. Secretary of State, who will address Montana State University's 2012 incoming freshman class. Tickets are free, but there may be a small handling charge, depending on where the tickets are obtained. There will be a limit of two tickets per person. Photo courtesy of Condoleezza Rice.   High-Res Available

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Organizers of Montana State University's 2012 Freshman Convocation said about 2,000 tickets will be made available to the public on Monday, Aug. 6, for a lecture by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice set Sept. 5 at MSU.

The tickets, which are free, will be available at 10 a.m. at all Bobcat ticket outlets including: the Bobcat Ticket Office, Rosauers, the AskUs Desk at the SUB, by calling 994-CATS or (800)325-7328 and online at There will be a handling charge per ticket for tickets ordered over the phone, online or at Rosauers. There will be a limit of two tickets per person.

Rice, who is also an educator, musician and author, will speak to MSU's incoming freshman class at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 in MSU's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Members of MSU's freshman class have reserved seats and will not need tickets to attend the lecture. All other students may use any of the ticket outlets to access tickets. At the time they request tickets, MSU faculty and staff may request tickets located in an area designated for MSU faculty and staff by visiting the Bobcat Ticket Office or calling 994-CATS.

Rice's memoir, "Extraordinary, Ordinary People," which is about Rice growing up in the segregated South as well as the influence, support and guidance she received from her parents and mentors, is MSU's 2012 freshman summer reading book.

Prior to her lecture, Rice will conduct a master class with MSU students. Students who are interested in attending the class are invited to apply online by Aug. 20. at: Following review by a faculty committee, students who are accepted will be notified by Aug. 27. If selected, students will be required to attend a pre-master class at 4 p.m. Aug. 29.

Rice served as the 66th U.S. Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009. She is currently a professor of political economy in the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She is also the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, based at Stanford and a professor of political science. She recently published a second memoir, "No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington," about her years as Secretary of State. An expert on Russia and the former Soviet Union, Rice has written four other books about diplomacy.

"We are thrilled to have such a distinguished speaker whose life experience so vividly exemplifies the value of family support, education, and personal courage in cultivating a purposeful and accomplished life," said MSU Provost Martha Potvin.

Rice's appearance is sponsored by the sponsored by MSU Office of the President and the Office of the Provost. ASMSU, the MSU Leadership Institute and the MSU Alumni Foundation have provided additional sponsorship for the event. For more information, go to or email

David Singel (406) 994-4371,