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Couric Named Commencement Speaker

Katie Couric

Courtesy: Disney-ABC

Award-winning journalist and TV personality, Katie Couric, will speak at the 2014 School of Communication commencement ceremony Saturday, May 10, at American University. Ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m. in AU’s Bender Arena. Couric will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Couric’s expansive career provides much to draw from in her address. In November 2013, Couric joined Yahoo as global anchor, where she will help develop Yahoo News’ coverage, report on live events, and anchor groundbreaking interviews with major newsmakers. Couric is also host of Katie, a daily syndicated daytime talk show that premiered in September 2012, and special correspondent for ABC News.

Couric, a well-known cancer advocate and New York Times best-selling author of The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives, is also executive producer and narrator of Fed Up, a documentary about the alarming spread of childhood obesity, to be released in spring 2014.

In September 2006, Couric joined CBS News and became the first female solo anchor of an evening news broadcast after a 15-year run as co-anchor of NBC’s TODAY show.

“She’s a giant in her field, an experienced journalist, storyteller, well-connected to the issues and the concerns of today,” said Dean Jeff Rutenbeck.

A Washington Metropolitan Area native, Couric was inspired to go into journalism largely because of her father, John Couric, who was a reporter throughout the South and Washington during the 1940s and 1950s. He received his master’s degree in communication from AU in 1968 and went on to serve as an adjunct professor of journalism and public relations in SOC’s graduate program for many years.

“Katie Couric’s depth of experience, professional success, and triumph over personal tragedy are all a testament to the values and mission of the School of Communication,” said Rutenbeck. “Our students are thrilled to have her as the 2014 commencement speaker.”

Families and friends who cannot make the ceremony will be able to watch a live stream on the American University website. Students, alumni, friends, and family are also encouraged to follow AU’s Commencement on Facebook, and tweet during commencement using the hashtag #2014AUGrad.