Margaret M. Sullivan of the Washington Post to Speak at D’Youville Commencement
Buffalo, New York – May 11, 2017 – D’Youville College will graduate approximately 700 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students at its 109th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20 beginning at 9:00 AM at Kleinhans Music Hall.
The featured speaker will be Margaret M. Sullivan, media columnist for The Washington Post. A Lackawanna native, Sullivan was the first woman to serve as editor and managing editor of The Buffalo News, a position she obtained after previously working as a reporter and columnist.
Prior to her current position at the Post, she was the Public Editor of The New York Times serving as the “readers representative” and reporting directly to Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., chairman and publisher. She was also the first woman to hold that position.
She is a graduate of Georgetown University and earned her master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Sullivan will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree.
Cindy Chin, an English major in the Class of 2017, will deliver the salutatory. She is a graduate of the International Academy of Suriname in Suriname, South America. She is a native of Phillipsburg, Dutch West Indies.
Degrees will be conferred by Lorrie A. Clemo, D’Youville president.
D’Youville was chartered in 1908 and was the first college for women in western New York State. It became coeducational in 1971.