Juan Williams, journalist, Emmy-winning documentary writer and political observer, will deliver the keynote address at Stevenson University’s 2009 commencement ceremonies May 15. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University.
Just over 500 students will take part in the exercises, scheduled for 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the gymnasium on Stevenson’s Greenspring campus. This is the first May commencement ceremony under the University’s new name.
Williams, a senior correspondent and news analyst for National Public Radio (NPR), can be regularly heard on Morning Edition and Day to Day, and is also a contributing political analyst for the Fox News Channel and a regular panelist on Fox News Sunday. He has also appeared on Nightline, Washington Week in Review, Oprah, CNN’s Crossfire and Capitol Gang Sunday.
Prior to Williams position at NPR, Williams worked for 21 years at the Washington Post serving as an editorial writer, op-ed columnist, and White House reporter. He is the author of several books, including Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary; Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965; and This Far by Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience, which inspired a six-part public television documentary in 2003. In 2004, Williams became involved with American Association of Retired People’s Voices of Civil Rights project, leading a veteran team of reporters and editors in the production of My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience. His articles and commentary have appeared in Newsweek, Fortune, Atlantic Monthly, Ebony, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, and The New Republic.
Williams is a 1976 graduate of Haverford College and a member of several boards, including the Aspen Institute of Communications and Society Program, the Haverford College Board of Trustees, the New York Civil Rights Coalition, and the Washington Journalism Center.
Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 3,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult accelerated degrees at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.