LAURINBURG — St. Andrews University is pleased to announce journalist and former professor Geneva Overholser as its May 3 Commencement speaker.
The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will begin with a procession led by the University’s award winning pipe band at 9 a.m. and be held on DeTamble Terrace.
Now retired, Overholser most recently was a professor and director of USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism. Previously, she held the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting for the Missouri School of Journalism, where she was based in the school’s Washington bureau.
She served as the editor of The Des Moines Register from 1988 to 1995, where she led the paper to a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. While at the Register, she also earned recognition as Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation and was named “The Best in the Business” by American Journalism Review.
Overholser has been ombudsman of The Washington Post, a member of the editorial board of The New York Times, a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post Writers Group, and a reporter for the Colorado Springs Sun. She has been a columnist for the Columbia Journalism Review and frequent contributor to Poynter.org. She also spent five years overseas, working and writing in Paris and Kinshasa.
She serves on the boards of the Center for Public Integrity, the Committee of Concerned Journalists, the John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford University, the Fund for Independence in Journalism and the Academy of American Poets, and on the Journalism Advisory Committee of the Knight Foundation. She was for nine years a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, the final year as chair, and is a former officer of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
A Scotland High graduate, Overholser went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in history from Wellesley College and a master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
In addition to Overholser, senior class speakers Meredith H.D. Pfeifer and Rebeccah J. Yuswak will deliver speeches.
Pfeifer, of West End, majored in Elementary Education. Yuswak, of Savanna, Ill., majored in Therapeutic Horsemanship.
The ceremony will include the conferring of Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts and Science degrees as well as the first master’s in Business Administration degrees on the Laurinburg campus.
The Rev. Dr. Fred Rose, interim minister of First Presbyterian Church in Lumberton, will be the Baccalaureate speaker. The religious ceremony takes place May 2 at 4 p.m. on Harris Courts of the Physical Education Building.
Rose holds an AB degree in French from Davidson, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary.
For information about the end of year events, call the Office of Academic Affairs at 910-277-5240.
Melissa Hopkins is director of communication for St. Andrews University.