Arianna Huffington to Deliver Commencement Address at Sarah Lawrence College

Internet publishing entrepreneur Arianna Huffington will deliver the Commencement address to the Sarah Lawrence College class of 2011 on Friday, May 20, at 10 a.m. on the College’s southern Westchester County campus.

“Arianna Huffington is one of the most distinctive and influential voices shaping communications today.  We are delighted that she will deliver the commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College, which has always nurtured individual voices and entrepreneurial spirits,” said Sarah Lawrence College President Karen Lawrence, who will preside at the commencement of approximately 300 graduating seniors and 130 students receiving their master’s degrees.

Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books.  Her latest, Third World America, published in September 2010, chronicles the struggles of America’s besieged middle class.  She is also co-host of "Left, Right & Center," public radio's popular political roundtable program, as well as “Both Sides Now,” a weekly syndicated radio show with Mary Matalin moderated by Mark Green.  She is a frequent guest on television shows such as Charlie Rose, Real Time with Bill Maher, This Week with Christiane Amanpour, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell and The Rachel Maddow Show.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that has quickly become one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet.  She was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people, and to the Financial Times’ list of 50 people who shaped the decade. 

Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

Huffington’s widely read Huffington Post has been acquired by AOL, it was announced today. According to an AOL- Huffington Post press release Huffington will lead The Huffington Post Media Group “which will integrate all Huffington Post and AOL content, including news, tech, women, local, multicultural, entertainment, video, community, and more.”