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SOC Commencement Hero 2015

School of Communication

Saturday, May 9 - 2:00 pm
Bender Arena (Floor Plan)

A reception immediately following the ceremony will be held in the University Club, Mary Graydon Center, first floor

2014 Commencement Speaker



Katie Couric (@katiecouric) is an award winning journalist and TV personality, well-known cancer advocate, documentary film producer and New York Times best-selling author of The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives.

She will speak at the commencement ceremony for American University’s School of Communication at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 in Bender Arena. She will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

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 the host of Katie, a daily syndicated daytime talk show that premiered in September 2012 and has also served as a special correspondent for ABC News.

Couric is an executive producer and narrator of Fed Up, a documentary about the alarming spread of childhood obesity, which will be released in spring 2014.

In September 2006, Couric joined CBSNews 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.

Couric is a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), co-founder of the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and Lilly Tartikoff, and co-founder of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health.

Born in Arlington, VA, Couric graduated with honors from the University of Virginia. She lives in New York with her two daughters.


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