Seattle University Names Author Timothy Egan as Commencement Speaker


Seattle University will welcome one of the nation’s most honored writers, Timothy Egan, as undergraduate commencement speaker next month.   

Egan won the 2006 National Book Award for his best seller, The Worst Hard Time: the Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dustbowl and is a co-winner of the Pulitzer Prize for journalism.  For 18 years, Egan was a Seattle-based reporter for The New York Times, covering everything from the Exxon Valdez oil spill to the O.J. Simpson trial to the fate of salmon in the Northwest. He was part of a team of Times reporters who won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for their series, How Race Is Lived in America.  His other books include The Good Rain (1990) and most recently, The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America (2009).  

Egan currently writes a weekly online op-ed for the Times that is often among the publication’s most read articles.   

“Perhaps better than any writer, Tim has described to the nation the special character of the Pacific Northwest,” said Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J.  “When he writes about matters such as stewardship of the land, faith, politics, race and poverty, he speaks for justice and for better choices by our nation. He is a fine example of the best of Jesuit education.”  

A third-generation Westerner who lives in Seattle, Egan is an avid mountaineer. He grew up in Spokane and graduated from Gonzaga Preparatory School.  

Nearly 2,000 students will earn their degrees from SU this year.   

WHEN: Sunday June 10, 2012 
             9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Undergraduate Ceremony             

WHERE: Key Arena 
               334 1st Ave. N.  
               Seattle, WA  

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