Thursday, May 7, 2015

Please join the College in welcoming Chris Matthews as our 2015 Commencement Speaker

It’s almost that time again! We’re fast approaching Commencement 2015, which will be held Thursday, June 11th at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Today, we’re happy to announce the keynote speaker of Commencement 2015: Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball and native Philadelphian!

Chris Matthews
Chris has been following American politics since the first Eisenhower campaign. As a very young teenager, he became enthralled with the historic rivalry of John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. It was a time of big downtown rallies and ticker tape parades on Wall Street, when supporters wore boater hats and bright campaign buttons. Hardly a decade later he was engaged in American politics professionally. Back home from the Peace Corps in Africa, he was working in the U.S. senate. Then came his tour in the White House as a presidential speechwriter, followed by his front-row seat as top aide of the legendary Speaker of the House, Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr.

In the late 1980’s, Chris switched to full-time journalism serving as Washington Bureau Chief for the San Francisco Examiner. In this capacity he covered some of the great historic events of the late 20th century, including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first all-races election in South Africa.

He began his career on television in 1994 as host of a two-hour nightly program on the NBC-owned America’s Talking network. Three years later, he launched Hardball, now on MSNBC, which was the title of his bestselling handbook on real-life politics published in 1988.He has been on the air every weekday night since.

He is the author of six best-selling books. They are, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, Hardball: How Politics is Played, Told by One Who Knows the Game; Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America; Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think; American: Beyond our Grandest Notions; and Life’s a Campaign. His most recent best-selling book, Tip and The Gipper: When Politics Worked, is a magnificent personal history of a time when two great political opponents served together for the benefit of the country.

Peirce is honored to host Chris for our 150th commencement. Check back on the blog for more updates as we get closer to this historic occasion.