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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Chosen to Give MIT's 2019 Commencement Speech

The Democratic presidential prospect for the 2020 election is scheduled to speak at the Cambridge campus June 7

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    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Chosen to Give MIT's 2019 Commencement Speech
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    DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 29: Michael Bloomberg, billionaire and former Mayor of New York City, speaks at CityLab Detroit, a global city summit, on October 29, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Bloomberg is considered to be a potential Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 election. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be giving the 2019 commencement address at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    School officials announced Thursday that Bloomberg, who is seen as a Democratic presidential prospect for the 2020 election, is scheduled to speak at the Cambridge campus June 7.

    MIT President Rafael Reif said Bloomberg has shown "extraordinary leadership in many areas," ranging from the environment to the arts.

    Bloomberg says it will be an honor to speak at MIT, adding that he looks forward to addressing graduates "as they begin their journeys."

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    The 76-year-old billionaire was born in Boston and attended Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering.

    He started a successful financial company before serving three terms as New York's mayor starting in 2002.

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