Saturday, May 9, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. – Noon
HPU, Roberts Hall Lawn
Speaker: Tom Brokaw
High Point University continues its tradition of bringing renowned thought leaders to campus by hosting distinguished journalist Tom Brokaw as its 2015 Commencement Speaker.
“Tom Brokaw has touched the lives of millions through his powerful storytelling on relevant issues,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president. “Many generations have relied on him to deliver compelling content from around the world. We are honored to have him share his wisdom and experiences with our students.”
Brokaw will become part of an extraordinary lineup of HPU Commencement Speakers, including Gen. Colin Powell, former secretary of state, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and national security advisor; former First Lady Laura Bush; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; Steve Wozniak, Apple Co-Founder; Rudy Giuliani, former New York City Mayor; Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan; NASA Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin; and Muhtar Kent, CEO of the Coca-Cola Company.
Tom Brokaw has spent his entire distinguished 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 Sixties counterculture, 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 back up for John Chancellor as anchor of NBC Nightly News. Next stop: New York and TODAY 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 thirty 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 Dalai Lama; 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.
Brokaw has won every major award in his craft, including Peabody, Duponts, Emmys and lifetime achievement recognition. Most recently, Brokaw received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian award of the United States and is bestowed by President Barack Obama to recognize individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
The Graduation Ceremony is for High Point University candidates for graduation, their families and guests, and university faculty, staff, students and special guests. It is not open to the general public.
In the event of inclement weather, the Graduation Ceremony will be held in the Millis Athletic/Convocation Center and will be delayed until 9:30 a.m. Due to space limitations in the Millis Center, each candidate for graduation is permitted a maximum of three rain tickets (the graduate and two guests). Rain tickets must be picked up in advance, during normal office hours from April 30 to May 7 at the Slane Concierge Desk.
Please cooperate as HPU employs heightened security measures due to the prominence of the speaker at the graduation ceremony. Guests may be inconvenienced with additional security checks. Thank you for being considerate and respectful of the ceremony.
Since large crowds are expected for this event, plan to arrive early to find a seat. Guests will be seated on a first come basis.
Handicapped parking will be available on campus for guests with a handicap placard or handicap license plate. Please enter campus at Panther Drive off Lexington Avenue or Alumni Avenue off North Centennial Street.
Please observe the rope barricades and closed areas. Guests are asked to honor requests made by Junior Marshals.
Due to the formality of the ceremony, noisemakers and pets will not be permitted.
Temperatures vary widely in May, so be prepared for various weather scenarios.
Appropriate dress for this event is business attire.
Regardless of the weather, the Graduation Ceremony will be broadcast via closed-circuit television at the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. In the event of rain, the Graduation Ceremony will also be broadcast via closed-circuit television at the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, the Wanek Center Extraordinaire Cinema, and Phillips Hall Francis Auditorium.
Roberts Hall and Wrenn Hall will be closed to the public during the Graduation Ceremony.
Restrooms will be available at Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Slane Student Center, and portable restrooms beside Wrenn Hall.
Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the shuttle service to the Graduation Ceremony. Shuttles will begin running at 6:30 a.m. from Oak Hollow Mall on Eastchester Drive in High Point. The shuttles will make a continuous loop from the pick-up location to the High Point University campus.
Bottled water will be available.
A photographer from GradImages will be on site to take photographs of each candidate for graduation at their special moment of recognition. Prior to the ceremony pre-register your permanent email address by visiting gradimages.com and clicking on Pre-Event Registration. After the ceremony you may order prints online at gradimages.com by calling toll-free at 800-261-2576.
Photographing candidates for graduation during the Graduation Ceremony is permissible. The platform area is restricted and may not be used for photographs. Please be respectful of boundaries; they have been put in place to prevent injury.
First Aid services will be available during the Graduation Ceremony. Anyone in need of assistance should contact uniformed officers or security personnel.
Candidates for Graduation Information
Commencement: Graduates should arrive by 8:15am, in cap and gown, to the Kester International Promenade on May 9.
- Undergraduate candidates for graduation must submit a graduation application to the Registrar’s Office by March 13, 2015. Applications are available in the Registrar’s Office and online at highpoint.edu/registrar.
- Graduate School candidates for spring completion should apply for graduation in the Graduate School by February 13, 2015.
Candidates for graduation must notify the Office of the Registrar if they do not plan to attend the Graduation Ceremony. Any candidate for graduation who is unable to attend the Graduation Ceremony must provide the Registrar a current address so that their diploma may be mailed.
Diplomas will reflect first name, middle name/initial, last name, and any applicable suffix as submitted by application to the University. Diploma pickup will be in the Slane Center following the Commencement Ceremony until 1:30pm.
Commencement caps, gowns, and hoods must be ordered by March 14, 2015. Please follow this link to order your cap, gown, and hood. The High Point Campus bookstore will be open Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 6:00 a.m. and remain open until one hour after the ceremony. Academic Regalia pick-up will begin by April 13th at the bookstore. Questions about academic regalia can be directed to Michaele Craven, (336) 841-9221 or AM470@bncollege.com.