Famed critical thinker chosen for commencement speech
A nationally renowned critical thinker has been chosen to give the commencement speech in May during the graduation ceremony.
Fareed Zakaria, a journalist, famed critical thinker and 2012 Peabody Award winner, was chosen to give the speech because of his role as a teacher, according to a press release.
“Fareed Zakaria is truly an educator,” said OU President David Boren in the press release.
Zakaria is the editor-at-large of TIME, a columnist for the Washington Post, the host of Fareed Zakaria GPS (CNN’s flagship international affairs program) and the author of the international bestseller “The Post-American World” and New York Times bestseller “The Future of Freedom,” according to the press release.
In recent years, Zakaria has visited the OU campus, and this year President Boren asked him to speak at the commencement, said university spokesman Michael Nash in an email.
“We are very excited to have such an internationally renowned political expert to address this year’s graduates,” said Nash, who stressed the importance of understanding international affairs and international relations in today’s world.
The graduation ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10, in The Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, 180 W. Brooks St, according to the press release.