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Penn State Lehigh Valley to Celebrate Last Commencement in Fogelsville

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5/14/2009 —

Graduates and their families and friends, as well as faculty and staff, will gather in the West Garden  for Penn State Lehigh Valley's Commencement Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 16.  The ceremony will be the last major event held at the Fogelsville location, as the campus prepares to move to its new facility in Center Valley. Legendary journalist and bestselling author Helen Thomas will serve as guest speaker for the ceremony.


A pioneer in women's journalism, Helen Thomas has used her pointed reporting style to get answers from America's top political leaders for more than 60 years. The year after she graduated from Wayne State University, Thomas served as a copy girl on the now defunct Washington Daily News, and joined United Press International (UPI) in 1943. For 12 years she wrote radio news for UPI, and then had several beats around the federal government including the Department of Justice, FBI, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and Capitol Hill before she began covering President-elect John F. Kennedy in 1960. Thomas went to the White House in January 1961 as a member of the UPI team and was there until May 2000. In July 2000, Thomas became a columnist for the Hearst News Service. Thomas returned to the White House press room in November 2008 and continues to ask her tough questions of President Barack Obama and his press secretary on a daily basis.


She is the author of numerous books including her latest, Listen Up, Mr. President (2009). In addition, she wrote Watchdogs of Democracy? (Scribner 2007), Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President (Scribner 2003), Front Row at the White House (Scribner 2000), and a children's book, The Great White House Breakout (Dial 2008), co-written by Pulitzer-nominated political cartoonist Chip Bok.


For more information, please contact Allison Goodin at (610)285-5067 or (610)428-8207.

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