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Ithaca College Commencement Scheduled for Sunday, May 22; ABC News Anchor and Correspondent David Muir '95 Will Deliver Main Address

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College’s 116th Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 22. ABC News anchor and correspondent David Muir will return to his alma mater to deliver the main address to some 1,440 graduates and their guests at the 10:00 a.m. ceremony at Butterfield Stadium. Muir graduated in 1995 from the Roy H. Park School of Communications.

Also making remarks at Commencement will be Ithaca College president Tom Rochon, senior class president Danielle Giserman and board of trustees chairman C. William Schwab ’68. Civil rights pioneer Dorothy Cotton will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

For more information on the ceremony, which will be carried on Time Warner Cable channel 16 in the Ithaca area and webcast live over the Internet, visit

Among the stories Muir covered in person this past spring were the unrest in Egypt that led to the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the aftermath of the Japan earthquake and tsunami, and the Royal Wedding. The night of Osama bin Laden’s death, Muir was at Ground Zero in New York City getting reactions from families of 9/11 victims.

Muir anchors “World News with David Muir,” the weekend editions of ABC’s evening newscasts. He is a frequent substitute anchor on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Good Morning America.” He joined ABC in 2003 after distinguishing himself as an anchor and correspondent for WCVB-TV in Boston and WTVH-TV in his hometown of Syracuse, New York.

Dorothy Cotton served as education director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, working closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and helping instruct the disenfranchised on the importance of political participation, voter registration and nonviolent protest.

Cotton continues to spread her message of freedom and hope to people around the world, serving as a valuable resource to organizations on topics addressing race relations, spiritual growth, civic organizing for the 21st century and nonviolence education.