Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

 Email  Share  Print

ACE Memo Gives Guidance for Inviting Federal Officials to Commencement

April 28, 2014

Graduation caps

 

​ACE has updated and released a memo to help colleges and universities better understand how to comply with federal ethics and reporting requirements when inviting government officials to speak at commencement, particularly if they are presented with an honorary degree.

The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (HLOGA) passed in 2007, which amended parts of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, strengthened the public disclosure requirements concerning lobbying activity and funding and placed more restrictions on gifts for members of Congress and their staff.

There are no restrictions on who may be invited to speak at commencements or other campus events. However, HLOGA does necessitate the disclosure and reimbursement of travel and entertainment expenses associated with participation in commencement, depending on the type of institution, whether the institution is a registrant under the Lobbying Disclosure Act and whether the invitee is a member of Congress, congressional staff member or a senior executive branch official.

The ACE memo outlines these r​​​​​ules, which can be extremely complicated. Institutions with further questions should seek specific legal advice in advance.

 

Other ACE News

  • May 23, 2016

    Today's Headlines

    HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

    The discussion continues about the potential impact of the new federal overtime rule on campuses. An op-ed by Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander in the Knoxville News Sentinel says the rule will increase tuition, while Inside Higher Ed looks at how it...

  • Institutional Capacity

    May 23, 2016

    CAO-CBO Workshop

    CAO-CBO Workshop to Explore How Collaboration Brings Success

    ACE and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) will bring together CAOs and CBOs for a two-day workshop on how to build successful partnerships and meet current institutional challenges.

  • Diversity in Leadership

    May 23, 2016

    ACPS 2016-17

    Take the American College President Study Survey

    The survey is the oldest, most comprehensive and in-depth source of information about the college presidency and the leadership pipeline in higher education. Make sure your institution's president is included.

  • Labor and Employment

    May 18, 2016

    Courtroom and paper

    New Federal Overtime Rule Could Have Significant Impact on Higher Education

    The Department of Labor's final rule on overtime pay establishes a new threshold of $47,476 a year for those working more than 40 hours a week to be eligible for overtime compensation.

  • Innovative Practices

    May 18, 2016

    online learning & leadership

    Register Now for ACE-UPCEA 2016 Summit for Online Leadership

    There is still time to register for the 2016 Summit for Online Leadership, scheduled for June 27-29 in Washington, DC, and co-hosted by ACE and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

 

 Related Content