MC commencement speaker
Carl Bernstein, part of the duo responsible for reporting the infamous Watergate scandal that led to the first resignation of a U.S. President, will be coming to Marietta College this May.
The college announced that Bernstein will be the keynote speaker for the 176th Commencement ceremony at Dyson Baudo Recreation Center on May 12 at 1 p.m.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be having Carl Bernstein as the commencement speaker this year,” said Joan Price, associate professor and chair of the communication and media studies department. “He really set the standard for investigative reporting.”
Bernstein, along with Bob Woodward, won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigative reporting for The Washington Post during the Watergate scandal. The two began working on the story in 1972 after five men broke into the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington D.C.
Much of the pair’s success in the investigation was in part due to the information they received from a confidential informant known only as “Deep Throat.” The information they reported on the political scandal would eventually lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974, according to a New York Times article.
After the investigation was over the two reporters continued to work together on a number of projects together, including a book about the Watergate scandal entitled “All the President’s Men,” which was made into a movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman.
Bernstein also has written several books on his own, including his most recent biography “A Woman In Charge: The Life of Hilary Rodham Clinton.” During his career he has written for Time, USA Today, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and has served as a correspondent for ABC News, according to Bernstein’s website.
Price said she is excited about this opportunity for students, especially those in media related fields.
“This is a great final intellectual experience for students, especially graduates who were in the media department,” she said. “This will be the second Pulitzer Prize winner that will be visiting the campus this year.”
There are a number of factors that go into selecting the commencement speaker, said Tom Perry, executive director of college relations at Marietta College.
“Timing, fit and availability are just a few of the factors that go into the decision,” said Perry. “The theme for the college this year has been leadership and social justice, and Carl Bernstein is a good fit and a great way to wrap up the academic year.”
Marietta College is expecting around 2,000 people to be in attendance for the ceremony at the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center, said Perry.
Last year’s commencement address was given by former Marietta College graduate Dr. Leonard (Randy) Randolph. Randolph was a former surgeon general with the U.S. Air Force and currently serves as the senior vice president and chief medical officer at Mercy Health Partners in Cincinnati.
Providing a speaker that enhance the experience for graduates and those in attendance is the ultimate goal for Marietta College, said Perry.
“Every commencement speaker provides something memorable to the event each year,” he said. “Bernstein remains a relevant figure in journalism and politics in Washington, and we are confident that he will be a popular choice.”
Marietta College’s commencement ceremony is intended for students and their families due to a limited amount of space, however tickets are not required for admittance into the event.