CNN Host Michael Smerconish to Deliver DelVal Commencement Address

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Michael A. Smerconish, a SiriusXM and CNN host who writes a weekly column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, will receive an honorary degree and deliver the Commencement address at Delaware Valley University on Saturday, May 19, at 10:30 a.m. Commencement will be held on the Quad.

“We look forward to welcoming Michael Smerconish to campus,” said DelVal President Dr. Maria Gallo. “He has gained national recognition in his field, and as our graduating class prepares to leave DelVal, I hope hearing from him will inspire them to reach their career dreams.”

Smerconish, who was born in Doylestown, is currently the host of “The Michael Smerconish Program” on SiriusXM Channel 124, and CNN’s “Smerconish.” He also writes a Sunday column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, which is reprinted by newspapers across the nation. Smerconish is the author of several books, two of which were New York Times bestsellers, and regularly donates author proceeds to charitable causes. His seventh book, “Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right,” will feature 100 of his most memorable columns from the more than 1,000 that he has written for the Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer over the last 15 years. It will be published in June. All author proceeds from that book will be donated to the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center in Philadelphia. 

Smerconish was the first radio host to interview former President Barack Obama live from the White House. He also interviewed former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as former Vice Presidents Al Gore, Dick Cheney and Joe Biden.

DelVal will award Smerconish with an honorary Doctor of Letters at the ceremony for his work to help millions of Americans make sense of a complicated political landscape.

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Approximately 494 students are expected to participate in the Commencement ceremony including approximately:

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