UR Communications announced that Chris Matthews, news commentator and historian, will be the 2014 UR Commencement speaker. The ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 18. Matthews will be awarded an honorary doctor of letters from the University once approved by the Board of Trustees.

Matthews has a diverse background in history, politics, and journalism. He served as a U.S. Senate staffer, presidential speechwriter, and aide to Speaker of the House. Later in his life, he went on to write for the “San Francisco Examiner”. He began his TV career on TV in 1994 and launched his popular show “Hardball” three years later. He is also the author is seven books that have reached the best seller list on topics of the Kennedy family, history, and political issues.

“I am thrilled that Chris Matthews has accepted our invitation to speak,” University President Joel Seligman said in a press release. “He is a respected voice in American politics, as well as a presidential and Washington historian. He provides insights and perspectives that enrich our understanding of current issues, including the challenges our May graduates will face.”

Saguinetti is a member of the class of 2016.

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