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Al Gore receives honorary degree at Hamilton College

CLINTON, N.Y. (WKTV) - Hamilton College held their annual commencement ceremony on Sunday and brought in former Vice President Al Gore to speak to the large crowd at the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.

This was Gore's second visit to Clinton in recent years. He spoke at the college as part of the Sacerdote Great Names Series in April of 2007.

Gore was awarded an honorary degree along with Patsy Couper, a longtime benefactor of Hamilton and 1989 graduate Paul Lieberstein who is the co-executive producer, writer and actor in NBC's sitcom The Office.

A local graduate headed to medical school offered some good ideas for how our country might address its soaring medical costs.

Now-Hamilton alum Keith Willner said, "A lot of that is just making frivolous lawsuits a little harder. Really, reforming the insurance system there is a whole lot of that that can be done to allow some preventative care. Make that more accessible to people, that would really help out a lot."

This is the 199th year Hamilton College has been in existence.

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