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Published on May 20, 2011
Commencement Speaker: Arianna Huffington
Arianna HuffingtonInternet publishing entrepreneur Arianna Huffington will deliver the Commencement address to the Class of 2011. Says President Karen Lawrence: "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."
About Arianna Huffington
Arianna 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, Huffington 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 in early February. 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."