Commencement speakers announced

Originally published in the Los Angeles Loyolan. For original, please refer to: Commencement speakers announced – Los Angeles Loyolan.

This year’s undergraduate Commencement speaker will be biographer and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Goodwin is the author of “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” from which the Oscar-winning film “Lincoln” was adapted. She has written an additional five books, the first being 1977’s “Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream.” She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for her work “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Homefront During World War II.”

Coincidentally, Goodwin appeared in the 1994 documentary miniseries “Baseball,” directed and produced by last year’s undergraduate Commencement speaker, Ken Burns.

Additionally, this year’s graduate Commencement speaker will be Vice President of Propulsion Engineering for SpaceX Tom Mueller. Mueller, an LMU alumnus (M.S. ’92), has previously spoken to University publication LMU Magazine – that interview can be read here.

For more information on both speakers, and to read all our Commencement coverage, pick up our special edition next week.


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