More than 320 seniors are expected to receive bachelor's degrees.
Wil Haywood, an award-winning journalist and author, will be the Commencement speaker. He is the Boadway Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film at Miami University of Ohio. He previously wrote for the Boston Globe, then the Washington Post. While he was a national and foreign correspondent at the Boston Globe, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He joined the Washington Post in 2002, where in 2008 he wrote, “A Butler Well Served by this Election,” a story about Eugene Allen, a butler who worked for eight U.S. presidents, from Truman through Reagan, over 34 years. The story was the basis for the award-winning film “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” Haygood was an associate producer of the film. He also wrote the New York Times bestseller “The Butler: A Witness to History” about how the story and film came to be. Haygood has written seven nonfiction books. His latest, “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America,” was awarded the 2016 Scribe Book Award from the American Society of Legal Writers, given annually since 1961 to the best book about American law. He previously visited Hood College in March 2014 to discuss his thoughts on the books he’s written and the people behind them. Haygood is also a Fellow of the Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities and Alicia Patterson foundations.
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