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May 25, 2013 11:10 AM by Associated Press

Giffords, husband to give Bard commencement speech

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, are giving the commencement address at Bard College in the Hudson Valley.

Giffords was among 13 people wounded in a January 2011 shooting outside a Tucson, Ariz., supermarket that left six others dead. The Democrat resigned from Congress a year later. Kelly is a former space shuttle commander.

The couple will address more than 600 graduating students Saturday afternoon during the commencement ceremony 90 miles north of New York City.

Giffords will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the liberal arts school.

Giffords and Kelly have formed a political action committee that seeks to limit the size of ammunition magazines and expand background checks for gun purchases.

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