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Citadel News Service
7 Feb 2011

Class of 2011 commencement speaker announced

Political columnist George Will to deliver Corps of Cadets commencement address

George Will, a political columnist and commentator, will deliver the commencement address to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets this coming May. 

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George Will

Graduation is at a new time this year -- 9 a.m., on Saturday, May 7 for the Corps of Cadets and at 5 p.m. the same day for The Citadel Graduate College. Both commencements will be held in McAlister Field House. Previously graduate students received their diplomas on the Sunday following the undergraduate cadet commencement. The cost-saving change consolidates Citadel graduations on a single day. A speaker has not yet been selected for the graduate college commencement ceremony.

Will is a twice-weekly columnist for The Washington Post, writing about foreign and domestic politics and policy. His syndicated column appears in 400 U.S. newspapers on Thursdays and Sundays. He will speak to between 350 and 400 graduating cadets, their families and friends and Citadel officials on May 7.

“We are honored that a man of George Will’s reputation as a political theorist, editorial journalist, and commentator as this year’s commencement speaker for the Corps of Cadets,” said Provost and Dean of the College Brig. Gen. Sam Hines. “What better way to demonstrate that our graduates will become the leaders of their generation than to have one of the leading intellectuals of our time share his thoughts with them.”

Will serves as a contributing analyst with ABC News and has been a regular member of ABC's "This Week" on Sunday mornings since the show began in 1981. His books include “Restoration: Congress, Term Limits and the Recovery of Deliberative Democracy,” “Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball,” and “Statecraft as Soulcraft.”

Will was the recipient of a 1978 National Headliners Award for his "consistently outstanding special features columns" appearing in “Newsweek.” A column on New York City's finances earned him a 1980 Silurian Award for Editorial Writing. In 1985, The Washington Journalism Review named Will "Best Writer, Any Subject." He won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 1977.

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