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Anna Quindlen to Speak at Kean University's Graduate Commencement Ceremony at NJPAC

UNION, NJ - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Anna Quindlen will deliver the keynote address at the Nathan Weiss Graduate College commencement ceremonies on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) Prudential Hall, One Center Street, Newark, N.J. More than 760 graduate students will receive degrees.

Quindlen has provided audiences with her perspective on events of the day for more than 30 years, delicately balancing the political with the personal. She began her career as a copy girl for The New York Post at age 18, before joining The New York Times, where she wrote her award-winning column, Public and Private, for its influential op-ed page. Quindlen recently retired from her Newsweek column of ten years, The Last Word.

She has written four bestselling novels including, One True Thing, which was made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Renee Zellweger.  Two of Quindlen’s bestsellers, Blessings and Black and Blue, were made into television movies. Her novel, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, has sold over one million copies. Her latest New York Times bestselling book, Good Dog. Stay., is about her beloved black Labrador, Beau. She is currently working on another novel to be released this year.

Known for providing insight into issues ranging from literacy and education, to work and social justice, to medical ethics and family values, Quindlen doesn’t separate national affairs from daily life, but places them side-by-side, giving a more realistic picture of modern life.

She is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Barnard College, where she is chair of the board of trustees. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Quindlen holds honorary degrees from more than a dozen American universities.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. While Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers, it is also a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 15,000 students.