Gloria Borger ’70 Named Commencement Speaker for the Class of 2014

CNN senior political analyst Gloria Borger ’70 P ’10 was announced as the commencement speaker for the Class of 2014 on Monday March 2. Borger will deliver her commencement address during the graduation ceremonies on May 18 of this year.

Known for her domestic political reporting, Borger has conducted many high-profile interviews, including the first look at Ann and Mitt Romney after Mitt’s defeat in the 2012 election. Her coverage of the 2012 election season included extensive reporting on both vice presidential nominees Paul Ryan and Joe Biden, as well as a contentious interview with then-presidential candidate Ron Paul. CNN describes her work on election night as “pivotal” to the Emmy and Peabody awards they received for TV specials in 2013.

Borger’s career has led her to a variety of media organizations, where she has continually focused on Washington and political culture. After a Watson scholarship allowed her to travel to Great Britain and study British media, she worked at the Washington Star, U.S. News and World Report and Newsweek. She moved to T.V. in a stint at CBS, where she served as co-anchor of CNBC’s Capital Report, CBS News’ national political correspondent, and was regularly featured on Face the Nation and a reboot of CBS’s newsmagazine 60 Minutes II.

As for her Colgate experience, Gloria was part of the first class of women to be admitted as part of Colgate’s transition to a coeducational institution. During her Colgate career, she majored in English served as Editor-in-Chief of the Colgate Maroon (the precursor to this paper) and was involved in student government. In her junior year, she was given a George W. Cobb award for “qualities of outstanding leadership and effective influence among their fellow students on campus.” As an alumnae, Borger has served on Colgate’s Board of Trustees.

The baccalaureate speaker will be McDevitt Chair of Religious Philosophy Father George Coyne SJ, of Le Moyne College in Syracuse.

In addition to Gloria Borger and Father George Coyne, Columbia Records executive and music historian George Avakian (credited with producing the first Jazz record), President of Golden Artist Colors paint company Mark Golden, and President of the New York Community Trust Lorie Slutsky ’75 will receive honorary degrees from the university.

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