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Doris Kearns Goodwin to speak at Longwood Commencement

Doris Kearns Goodwin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author who has been called "America’s historian in chief," will deliver Longwood University’s commencement address and receive an honorary degree on May 9.

Through her best-selling books about Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt, along with notable television and documentary appearances, Goodwin has played an extraordinary role in shaping public understanding of—and enthusiasm for—American history.

"It will be a tremendous honor to welcome Doris Kearns Goodwin to Longwood," said President W. Taylor Reveley IV.  "Longwood sits at a true crossroads of history—the place where the Civil War came to a close exactly 150 years ago, and which played such a key role in the civil rights movement a century later.

"As someone who both cares deeply about the importance of historical understanding in citizenship, and who has shown such deep support for those who teach history, she is the perfect person to send off our new graduates," Reveley said.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will deliver Longwood University’s commencement address

Commencement LIVE

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2015 Undergraduate Ceremony, Saturday, May 9 at 9:30 am, Wheeler Mall

The 2015 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. on Wheeler Mall. Visit the Undergraduate Ceremony links to find out everything you need to know about the ceremony.


2015 Graduate Ceremony, Friday May 8 at 5:30 pm, Jarman Hall Auditorium

The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 8, at 5:30 pm in Jarman Hall. Visit the Graduate Ceremony links to find out everything you need to know about the ceremony.

Graduate Students Marching to Ceremony