Gwen Ifill: Quadrupling-up on commencements
Sorry, College Seniors, she’s four-timing you
College seniors were probably feeling pretty special when they found out last week that their commencement speaker was going to be “News Hour with Jim Lehrer” star and vice presidential debate moderator Gwen Ifill. Well, fishbowlDC just released a list of where prominent D.C. journalists are delivering commencement addresses and it turns out Ifill will be headlining no fewer than four commencement ceremonies, including Howard University’s and Marymount University’s.
To a certain extent, doubling-up is common among commencement speakers (hey, if you’ve got a speech written, what’s the harm in delivering it to a few thousand more fresh-faced 22 year-olds?), but quadrupling up? And hitting up three schools in the same metropolitan area? That’s pushing it.
When you add to that the fact that the School of Foreign Service speaker, former Senator Chuck Hagel, is going to be a Georgetown professor next year and that the McDonough School of Business speaker, Luis Alberto Moreno, has a daughter attending Georgetown, it makes you feel like perhaps the University didn’t put that much effort into choosing its speakers this year…