Distinguished Journalist Tom Brokaw to Give HPU’s 91st Commencement Address

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 21, 2015 – High Point University continues its tradition of bringing renowned thought leaders to campus by featuring distinguished journalist Tom Brokaw as its Commencement speaker on May 9. The university will award approximately 963 degrees, making this the largest graduating class in HPU’s history.

Brokaw is best known as the anchor and managing editor for “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.” During his tenure, NBC Nightly News became the most watched cable or broadcast news program in the United States. He has won every major award in his craft, including Peabody, Duponts, Emmys and lifetime achievement recognition.

HPU’s Commencement ceremony will stream live at www.highpoint.edu/live. The ceremony is not open to the general public; however the media is invited to attend.

Scheduled events for May 9 include:

  • Graduation Ceremony, 9 a.m. on the Roberts Hall Lawn. Brokaw will be the featured speaker. The rain site for the ceremony will be in the Millis Athletic and Convocation Center.
  • Each year, a bald eagle soars across the crowd at the end of the ceremony to symbolize the ideals of free enterprise, independence and the ability to pursue new opportunities in America.

    About the 2015 Commencement Speaker

    Brokaw has spent his entire journalism career with NBC News beginning in 1966 in the Los Angeles bureau, where he covered Ronald Reagan’s first run for public office, the rise of the 1960s counter culture, the assassination of Bobby Kennedy and the 1968 presidential campaign.

    From Los Angeles, Brokaw went to Washington as the White House correspondent during Watergate and as the principal backup for John Chancellor as anchor of “NBC Nightly News.” His next stop was “TODAY” in New York, followed by his appointment as anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.”

    He took over “Meet the Press” for the 2008 campaign when his close friend and colleague Tim Russert died.

    In addition to his daily news gathering responsibilities, Brokaw reported on more than 30 documentaries covering subjects ranging from AIDS, Los Angeles gangs, race, education, medicine, immigration and global warming.

    He has an impressive list of firsts, including the first interview with Mikhail Gorbachev; the first network report on human rights abuses in Tibet, accompanied by an exclusive interview with the Dali Lama; and the only American network anchor to report from Berlin the night the Berlin Wall came down.

    In 1998 Brokaw published his first book, “The Greatest Generation,” one of the most popular non-fiction books of the 20th century. He followed that with five other books, including “BOOM! Voices Of The Sixties” and most recently, “The Time Of Our Lives.” He is also a popular essayist for publications ranging from The New York Times to Rolling Stone and a wide assortment of other periodicals and newspapers. He can be heard weekdays on his daily radio segment, “An American Story,” on Clear Channel radio stations nationwide addressing a wide range of topics – from newsworthy current events to historic figures to notable moments in history – which impact the lives of Americans today.

    For additional information, visit www.highpoint.edu/commencement/ or call 336-841-9055.

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