David Muir, the Emmy award-​​winning anchor of ABC World News Tonight, will deliver North­eastern University’s 113th Com­mence­ment address on May 8, 2015. Joseph E. Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, announced the news Sunday night on Twitter.

Muir will also receive an hon­orary degree during the morning under­grad­uate Com­mence­ment exer­cises at TD Garden, which will include 20,000 stu­dents, family mem­bers, friends, and uni­ver­sity leaders.

The other hon­orary degree recip­i­ents at the 2015 under­grad­uate Com­mence­ment exer­cises will be Lawrence S. Bacow, pres­i­dent emer­itus of Tufts Uni­ver­sity; Vanessa Kerry, co-​​founder and CEO of Seed Global Health; and Gabriel Jaramillo, former chairman, pres­i­dent, and CEO at San­tander Hold­ings USA.

The Com­mence­ment speaker for the after­noon grad­uate cer­e­mony at Matthews Arena is Wayne Clough, sec­re­tary emer­itus of the Smith­sonian Insti­tu­tion and pres­i­dent emer­itus of the Georgia Insti­tute of Tech­nology. He will also receive an hon­orary degree.

And Maura Healey, L’98, will deliver the Com­mence­ment address at the School of Law cer­e­mony on Friday, May 22, at Matthews Arena.

These dis­tin­guished indi­vid­uals each have had a for­mi­dable impact on their fields, and on society,” said Pres­i­dent Aoun. “Their accom­plish­ments span intrepid jour­nalism, bold efforts to combat dis­ease, the fight to extend jus­tice to all cit­i­zens, and visionary lead­er­ship in edu­ca­tion and health­care. Our hon­orees are tremen­dous role models for our grad­u­ating stu­dents, rep­re­senting what it means to be global cit­i­zens who are actively engaged in trans­forming the world.”

Muir became the man­aging editor and anchor of ABC World News Tonight in Sep­tember, suc­ceeding Diane Sawyer. Last week it was announced ABC World News Tonight is now the most-​​watched evening news pro­gram in the U.S.

Prior to taking the anchor chair, Muir was the ABC World News Tonight weekend anchor. Before joining ABC News he was a news anchor and cor­re­spon­dent for WCVB-​​TV in Boston.

Muir has cov­ered many high-​​profile events throughout his dis­tin­guished career. Since becoming anchor of ABC’s flag­ship evening news­cast, he has already anchored the pro­gram from Havana, Cuba, fol­lowing his exclu­sive inter­view with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on the United States’ his­toric move to reset rela­tions with Cuba. He reported from the Syrian border on child refugees working in Lebanon during his first week on the air.

Muir has also reported from the Super­dome as Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina hit New Orleans, Fukushima, Japan after the tsunami and nuclear acci­dent, Somalia during the 2010-​​12 famine, Tahrir Square during the Egyptian rev­o­lu­tion, and Haiti fol­lowing the dev­as­tating 2010 earthquake.

He was part of the ABC News team that won an Emmy in 2009 for its cov­erage of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s inau­gu­ra­tion. He also helped WCVB-​​TV earn the Edward R. Murrow Award for inves­tiga­tive reporting and Asso­ci­ated Press honors for his work tracing the path of the 9/​11 hijackers.

bacow150Bacow served as pres­i­dent of Tufts Uni­ver­sity from 2001 to 2011, during which time he advanced the uni­ver­sity as a leading insti­tu­tion in teaching, research, and public ser­vice, placing a pri­ority on open com­mu­ni­ca­tion between him­self and the uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity. He became well known as an advo­cate for broader access to need-​​based finan­cial aid in higher edu­ca­tion and played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the impor­tance of uni­ver­si­ties’ com­mit­ment to civic engagement.



kerry150Kerry, a crit­ical care physi­cian at Mass­a­chu­setts Gen­eral Hos­pital, co-​​founded the non­profit Seed Global Health in 2011 after working in resource-​​limited set­tings and wit­nessing health inequal­i­ties around the world due to short­ages of health­care pro­fes­sionals. Her inno­v­a­tive and ded­i­cated lead­er­ship in global health is strength­ening heath­care sys­tems and helping to pro­vide ample care in areas with lim­ited resources around the world.



Jaramillo150Jaramillo served 20 years as CEO of San­tander Hold­ings USA and has exten­sive expe­ri­ence man­aging change in large, com­plex finan­cial insti­tu­tions. He also served as gen­eral man­ager of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuber­cu­losis, and Malaria, han­dling the man­age­ment respon­si­bil­i­ties of the Global Fund Sec­re­tariat. From 2010 to 2012, Jaramillo served as a spe­cial adviser to the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s spe­cial envoy for malaria. He helped to push an ini­tia­tive to pro­vide key fund inter­ven­tions to nations plagued with the malaria endemic with a goal of ending all deaths by malaria by 2015.



clough150Clough was the 12th sec­re­tary of the Smith­sonian Insti­tu­tion, serving from 2008 to 2014. During his tenure the museum raised more than $1 bil­lion in phil­an­thropic gifts and cre­ated numerous endowed posi­tions. He also spear­headed more than $1 bil­lion in ren­o­va­tions and new con­struc­tion for six museum exhibits. From 1994 to 2008, he was Georgia Insti­tute of Technology’s 10th pres­i­dent, the university’s first alumnus to hold the posi­tion. As pres­i­dent he guided Georgia Tech’s rise into the top 10 among public uni­ver­si­ties nation­ally, and during his tenure the university’s external research funding more than dou­bled from $200 mil­lion to $425 million.


healey150Healey was elected Attorney Gen­eral of Mass­a­chu­setts in November. She joined the Attorney General’s office in 2007 as chief of the civil rights divi­sion. There, she suc­cess­fully chal­lenged the Defense of Mar­riage Act and helped home­owners who were vic­tims of the mort­gage crisis.