Former "Washington Post" Bureau Chief to Speak at OU's Undergrad Commencement

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

ATHENS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Former "Washington Post" Bureau Chief Andy Alexander will deliver the commencement speech at Ohio University's 2013 undergraduate ceremonies.

Alexander is a 1974 Ohio University alumnus and currently serves as the Scripps Howard Distinguished Visiting Professional in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

According to a news release from Ohio University, Alexander said, "This is a great honor. I also consider it a great privilege to talk to those graduating from an institution that has played such a pivotal role in my career."

Alexander is a former "Washington Post" ombudsman, editor and bureau chief. He has reported from more than 50 countries.

Alexander also helped to launch the Sunshine Week initiative, which focuses public attention on freedom of information and the dangers of government secrecy.

"Andy personifies the transformative power of an Ohio University degree," said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis. "As a reporter, he has demonstrated the highest level of journalistic excellence and ethics. As a first amendment advocate, he has consistently asserted his influence for the betterment of society. And Andy continues to elevate the reputation of our University through his time and generosity. Our students are fortunate for the opportunity to have such a distinguished alumnus as their commencement speaker."

Undergraduate commencement will be held Saturday, May 4 at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Ohio University's Convocation Center in Athens. The University will honor Alexander’s accomplishments at the morning undergraduate commencement ceremony with the conferral of an Honorary Doctor of Communication.

Two additional honorary doctorates will be conferred at the graduate commencement ceremony on Friday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m. at the Convocation Center. Paul Schullery will receive an Honorary Doctor of Literature and Thomas Meyer will receive an Honorary Doctor of Chemistry.

The speaker for Ohio University's graduate commencement will be Jay Ryu, associate professor of public administration in the Department of Political Science and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award.

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