Frank Bruni, a journalist at the New York Times, will give the commencement address at Johns Hopkins University’s commencement in May.
Bruni has been with the Times for 22 years, including stints as a White House correspondent and restaurant critic. He currently serves as a columnist.
“A writer of uncommon breadth and sensitivity, Frank Bruni wrestles with the great issues of our era,” said Ronald J. Daniels, the school’s president, in a statement. “With his trademark blend of intelligence, analysis and wit, he helps us to see the humanity in one another even as he urges us to embrace open debate. At this moment, there is no better message to the Class of 2017 and our entire Hopkins community.”
The commencement ceremony will take place May 24 at Royal Farms Arena.
“I’m so honored — and so excited — to be a part of the commencement exercises at a school that has contributed so much to intellectual life, scientific progress and social discourse in this country, and to be able to speak to, and meet with, its students at such an important juncture in American life,” Bruni said.
Bruni has written several books, including “Ambling Into History: The Unlikely Odyssey of George W. Bush,” “Born Round: A Story of Family, Food and Ferocious Appetite,” and “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania.”
Last month he published his first cookbook, co-written with Jennifer Steinhauer, “A Meatloaf in Every Oven.”