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Media and Advertising Critic Bob Garfield to Address Graduates at

2014 Albright College Commencement



April 1, 2014


Media/advertising critic Bob Garfield will deliver the 2014 Commencement address.

Reading, Pa. – Approximately 312 traditional graduates and 50 Accelerated Degree Programs (ADP) graduates will receive their Albright College diplomas at Commencement on Sunday, May 25, at 10 a.m., at Gene L. Shirk Stadium. In addition, a still-to-be-determined number of graduate students will receive their master’s degrees during the ceremony.

Prominent media and advertising critic Bob Garfield will deliver the Commencement address and receive an honorary degree. After starting his career as a reporter for the Reading Times and Eagle, Garfield went on to earn national renown as Advertising Age’s influential “AdReview” columnist, a post he held for 25 years. Now a columnist for MediaPost, he has co-hosted NPR’s On the Media for the past 13 years and also writes a bi-weekly column for The Guardian, as well as contributing to numerous other publications. In 2003, the National Press Club honored Garfield with its Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism. He is also a recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association, and On the Media has won a Peabody Award for excellence. Garfield holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Penn State University.

Honorary degrees will also be presented at Commencement to Bishop Peggy A. Johnson, episcopal leader of the Philadelphia Area of the United Methodist Church; John H. Broadbent, Jr., co-founder & CFO of Arrow International (retired); and Rolf D. Schmidt, co-founder of Sharpoint, Inc.

A Baccalaureate service will be held the day prior, on Saturday, May 24, at 4 p.m., in Memorial Chapel. Bishop Johnson will deliver the Baccalaureate sermon.

For more information: www.albright.edu/commencement


Founded in 1856, Albright College is a selective, national liberal arts college enrolling 1,700 full-time undergraduates and more than 800 adult learners and graduate students. The College’s flexible interdisciplinary curriculum, strengthened by a close-knit residential learning environment, encourages students to combine majors and disciplines to create individualized academic programs. Close faculty mentorship, numerous experiential learning options, and a diverse, supportive community of scholars and learners help students exceed their own expectations and graduate with a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning. Albright College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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