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Loyola University announces 2008 commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients

Loyola press release - April 1, 2008

Cathie Black, dubbed the “First Lady of American Magazines,” will address Loyola University New Orleans’ 2008 graduating class during commencement ceremonies. Legal-thriller bestseller and attorney Scott Turow will be the commencement speaker for Loyola’s College of Law.

Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, May 10, with the Unified Ceremony at 10 a.m., and the College of Law Ceremony at 5 p.m. Both ceremonies will take place in the Louisiana Superdome.

Black is the president of Hearst Magazines where she manages the financial performance and development of some of the industry’s best-known magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, and O, the Oprah Magazine. She made publishing history in 1979 as the first woman publisher of a weekly consumer magazine, New York, and is widely credited for the successes of USA Today, where for eight years, starting in 1983, she was first president, then publisher. In addition to addressing the graduating class, Black will also receive an honorary degree from Loyola.

Scott Turow is the author of seven best-selling novels including Presumed Innocent, The Burden of Proof, Pleading Guilty, The Laws of Our Fathers, Personal Injuries, Reversible Errors, and Ordinary Heroes. His books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize in 2003 for Reversible Errors, Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 2004 for Ultimate Punishment, and Time Magazine’s Best Work of Fiction in 1999 for Personal Injuries. Turow continues to work as an attorney. He has been a partner in the Chicago office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, a national law firm, since 1986, concentrating on white collar criminal defense, while also devoting a substantial amount of time to pro bono matters.

This year’s honorary degree recipients are community activist and tireless champion of the New Orleans arts community Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin; principal guest conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Klauspeter Seibel; the non-partisan, non-sectarian grassroots group Citizens For 1 Greater New Orleans, who are a driving force for positive change and renewal in our post-Katrina environment; and Cathie Black.

For more information, please contact Meredith Hartley, Office of Public Affairs, at (504)861-5883 or mhartley@loyno.edu.