Meloria • Ever Better
Search Tools Main Menu


March 19, 2014

Chris Matthews to deliver Class of 2014 commencement address

Chris Matthews
Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews will address the 164th Class of 2014 commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18. He will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree at the ceremony, pending formal Board of Trustees approval.

“I am thrilled that Chris Matthews has accepted our invitation to speak,” says University President Joel Seligman. “He is a respected voice in American politics as well as a presidential and Washington historian. He provides insights and perspectives that enrich our understanding of current issues, including the challenges our May graduates will face.”

As a teenager, Matthews became enthralled with the historic rivalry of John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon and would ultimately go on to write two books about Kennedy. Early in his career and following his service with the Peace Corps in Africa, Matthews served as a U.S. Senate staffer and a presidential speechwriter and was top aide to Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill in the 1980s.

In the late 1980s, Matthews switched to full-time journalism, serving as Washington bureau chief for the San Francisco Examiner. Matthews began his career on television in 1994 as host of a two-hour nightly program on the America’s Talking network. Three years later, he launched Hardball, now on MSNBC, which was the title of his popular 1988 book on America’s imperfect political system. He is on the air every weeknight as Hardball host and has also conducted exclusive primetime interviews with government leaders, including President Barack Obama.

Matthews is the author of seven books, with including his most recent, Tip and The Gipper: When Politics Worked (2013). His other books are Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero; Hardball: How Politics Is Played, Told by One Who Knows the Game; Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America; Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think; American: Beyond our Grandest Notions; and Life’s a Campaign.

“Chris Matthews’s credibility as a news host and journalist has given him access to interview our world’s top leaders and officials on critical issues,” says Richard Feldman, dean of the College. “And his research and books on our national government and its figures have provided meaningful contributions to the national political debate.”Additional information about University commencement ceremonies and related activities is available at The May 18 ceremony will be streamed live on the web.

Fresh start

The University Farmers Market connects the University community to sustainable foods from local farmers.

Blood test predicts Alzheimer’s risk

The biomarker—which consists of 10 specific lipids found in blood plasma—predicted with greater than 90 percent accuracy which individuals would go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease or a precursor condition known as amnestic mild cognitive impairment.

University celebrates five years of diversity, inclusion conversation

Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, will deliver the conference’s keynote address during the conference, Crossroads: An Opportunity for Progress.

Room to move

Students take part in Darren Stevenson’s movement class in the new Linda E. Sloan Studio in Todd Union.

In Brief

Two faculty named to endowed positions

The gifts support The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester, a fundraising campaign launched in October 2011 that runs through June 30, 2016.

In Research

A roundup of research news.

Making headlines

Computer science students help singers voice their vowels

Ehsan Hoque, assistant professor of computer science who recently joined the University and was teaching the class for the first time in fall 2013, wanted students to learn that it is important to consider people first when computing to solve real-life problems.

Young artists showcased

From the Top, NPR’s weekly showcase for young musicians, taped a broadcast at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre this week.

Eastman Opera Theatre presents <em>Dialogues of the Carmelites</em>

Written by Francis Poulenc in the mid-20th century, the work addresses themes of fear, faith, sacrifice, and redemption in a community of nuns facing the uncertainties of the French Revolution.

Reasons to "Live United"

To date, the University’s United Way campaign has raised more than 60 percent of its $1.4 million goal to support the Rochester community.

‘Culture of service’


Put some photo in your Friday