Arianna Huffington, the groundbreaking chair, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, will deliver the address at the 151st Vassar College Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 31, 2015. The commencement program will begin at the campus Outdoor Amphitheater at 10:00am.
Huffington launched her upstart media outlet in 2005 and it quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and cited media brands online. According to comScore, The Huffington Post now has a total digital audience of 214 million unique visitors per month. In 2012, the site was awarded the first-ever Pulitzer Prize for an online news outlet, honoring David Wood’s ten-part series, “Beyond the Battlefield,” on the physical and emotional challenges soldiers encounter after returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
“We are thrilled to have Arianna Huffington as this year’s commencement speaker,” said President Catharine Bond Hill. “Not only has she been a trailblazer in the realm of online news, she also brings a fresh perspective to defining success in life that will undoubtedly result in a memorable address.”
Among many accolades, Huffington has been named to the Time magazine list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbeslist of “Most Powerful Women.” She is also the author of 14 books, most recently Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. Thrive debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list in 2014. Born in Greece, Huffington moved to England at age 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in economics.
Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (http://www.vassar.edu).
Directions to the Vassar campus, located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.