The U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican will deliver the commencement address Saturday at Thomas Aquinas College, a private Catholic liberal arts school in Santa Paula.
Frank Shakespeare, who is only the second U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, will fly in from Rome to speak to the 30 graduating seniors, the largest graduating class since the school's founding in 1971.
"It's quite a wonderful thing," said Aquinas public affairs director Jim Twyman. "He's been interested in the college and accepted the invitation from two members of the graduating class."
Before becoming ambassador to the Vatican, Shakespeare was ambassador to Portugal. He also has served as director of the United States Information Agency, executive vice president of Westinghouse, and president of RKO General.