On June 21, 2014, former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, founder of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, which is dedicated to helping "wounded warriors" and their families, gave the commencement address to the latest graduates of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. During her address, Dole congratulated the graduates, adding,"Your ability to tell a story based on the facts is as essential as your ability to assemble the facts. The point of research and analysis is not simply to collect data, but to provide the basis for solutions." A total of 30 doctoral degrees and 39 master's degrees were awarded during the ceremony, which was attended by more than 350 people.
Pardee RAND Graduate School's Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 21, featured a keynote address by Sen. Elizabeth Dole, graduate address by Jack Clift (cohort '06), and remarks by RAND president Michael Rich and Pardee RAND dean Susan Marquis.
Facts and objective analysis are important, but for policy analysts to make a difference in the real world they also have to be able to tell a story, former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole said at the June 21 Pardee RAND Graduate School commencement.