04/18/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Bernanke Joins J.K. Rowling As Harvard Class Day Speaker

Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben S. Bernanke '75 will take to the steps of Memorial Church in June as this year's Class Day speaker, the University announced yesterday.

Bernanke, considered the nation's most influential economic policy maker, follows in the footsteps of President Bill Clinton, who spoke at Class Day last year.

"When we found out J.K. Rowling was going to be speaking [at Commencement], we wanted to find someone that would kind of balance our graduation ceremonies," said Class Marshall Alexander J. Tennant '08. "He's a Harvard alum, and he is also in a position to make major decisions for the US and the economy, and we thought he would provide that perfect balance of thought."

Bernanke joins a list of Class Day speakers that includes such notables as Mother Teresa, playwright Arthur Miller, former Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis, and Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr.

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