Journalist Claire Shipman Speaks at Suffolk University Commencement


BOSTON Claire Shipman, an award-winning journalist, delivered the commencement address to the graduates of Suffolk University's College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer School of Management at commencement exercises on Sunday May 20, at the FleetCenter in Boston. Shipman was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

Suffolk President David J. Sargent, presided over the 2:30 p.m. commencement exercises, cited Shipman for her "many award winning journalistic achievements and of her years of providing impartial, accurate, balanced, insightful and fascinating presentations that captivated the country."

Shipman is the senior national correspondent for ABC NewsÌ Good Morning America, reporting out of Washington, DC. She previously had been a White House correspondent, reporting on presidential policy and politics for NBC Nightly News, the Today Show and MSNBC. Before joining NBC in 1997, Shipman had spent a decade at CNN. She won international recognition for her coverage of Boris Yeltsin's 1993 attack on the Russian Parliament building during a five-year stint in CNNÌs Moscow bureau. Her fluency in Russian gave her an edge in reporting breaking developments during the collapse of the Soviet Union and helped CNN earn the National Headliners Award and the Peabody Award. Her coverage of the student uprising in BeijingÌs Tianamen Square won her an Emmy Award and a DuPont Award.

Shipman holds a masterÌs degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor of arts degree in Russian Studies from Columbia College in New York.

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Sawyer School of Management will also award honorary degrees to Jack Connors, Jr., chairman and CEO of Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Inc., (doctor of commercial science degree); Terry J. Lundgren, president and chief merchandising officer of Federated Department Stores, Inc., (doctor of commercial science degree); Lawrence OÌDonnell, Jr., senior political analyst for MSNBC and a writer and producer for The West Wing, (doctor of humane letters degree); Lloyd Ross, former CEO and chairman of the Tuesday Morning Corporation, (doctor of commercial science degree); and Andre Sonko, special consultant on higher education to the president of Senegal and former minister of education in Dakar, Senegal, (doctor of humane letters degree).

The Honorable Andrew H. Card, Jr., chief of staff to President George W. Bush, will address the graduates of Suffolk University Law School at the 10:00 a.m. ceremony. Card will be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree. Also receiving honorary doctor of laws degrees at the law school exercises will be Ralph F. Boyd, Jr., Esq., President BushÌs designee as assistant attorney general and chief of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; the Honorable Linda Stewart Dalianis, associate justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court; U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal of Springfield; and Evett L. Simmons, Esq., president of the National Bar Association. He is also equity partner in the law firm of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A. in Florida.

Suffolk University is a private institution located on BostonÌs historic Beacon Hill, providing quality education at an affordable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of 6,200 full-time and part-time students in its College of Arts and Sciences, Sawyer School of Management, Law School and New England School of Art and Design.

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