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Convocation Speaker

Convocation Ceremony

Thursday, September 8, 2016
Wheeler Mall @ 4 P.M.


Keynote Speaker for 2016 will be journalist, Jim Lehrer.


Jim Lehrer Potrait Journalist Jim Lehrer

Jim Lehrer, the former host of PBS Newshour and the author of more than 20 books, will address students at Convocation on September 8. His memoir of his experience as debate moderator, "Tension City," has been selected for Longwood’s First Year Reading Experience this fall and will be read by all incoming freshmen, and Lehrer will also be speaking with freshmen during his visit to campus.

Lehrer is the most respected and heralded debate moderator in American history, having led an unprecedented 12 debates since 1988. His non-partisan and well-prepared approach to moderating earned him the confidence of every major political candidate, and in both the 1996 and 2000 election years he was tapped to moderate every debate of those cycles. Click here for more information