Commencement Speaker


Jeffrey Selingo

Jeffrey J. Selingo, prominent higher education author, journalist and speaker, will address the Class of 2014 at Philadelphia University’s 130th Commencement on Saturday, May 17, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

At the ceremony, Selingo will be awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters.

Throughout his respected career, Selingo has held a variety of positions giving him a unique and complex view of higher education. Selingo is a contributing editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he previously served as editor and editor-at-large. He is the author of “College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students,” published in 2013.  He is a professor of practice at Arizona State University and appears regularly on national radio and television programs.

Selingo’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post. His work has received awards from the Education Writers Association, Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press. He speaks regularly on regional and national radio and television programs including NPR, ABC and CBS.

“Jeff Selingo’s belief in disrupting the traditional higher education model and discussing innovative ways to improve the experience for both students and institutions aligns perfectly with Philadelphia University’s own mission,” said President Stephen Spinelli Jr. “He is an important and distinctive leader who is helping to shape collegiate education in the 21st century, and I’m delighted that he will give the Commencement address for the Class of 2014.”

Selingo received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ithaca College and a master’s in government from The Johns Hopkins University.

More than 750 undergraduate and graduate students will receive diplomas at the 2014 Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17, at 11 a.m. at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.