Xavier Congratulates New Speaker of the House - Alumnus John Boehner

January 5, 2011

Xavier University congratulates Congressman and Xavier graduate John Boehner on his new role as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Boehner graduated from Xavier in 1977 with a degree in business administration. He was encouraged to attend Xavier in 1971 by the late Bill Smith, an accounting professor.
Boehner took what money he had at the time and enrolled. During his first semester, he took three classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and worked part time jobs. After passing those first classes with an ‘A’ and two ‘B’s, Boehner spent the next year as a full-time commuter student, but couldn’t earn enough money to continue full time. So he spent the next five years working full time and attending night school at Xavier.

In 2006, Xavier University awarded Boehner a degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. He spoke at the undergraduate commencement. Bill Smith was his honored guest at that ceremony. Click here to read the speech he gave upon receiving the honor.
Read more about Boehner in a 2003 Xavier Magazine article.