Clark College alumna to give 2013 Commencement keynote address


Caroline Heldman

Dr. Caroline Heldman ’91, the chair of the Politics Department at Occidental College, will replace ABC News anchor and chief national correspondent Byron Pitts as the Clark College Commencement speaker. Pitts informed the college on Monday that ABC had called him on emergency assignment and he would be unable to attend the ceremony.

“Dr. Heldman immediately came to mind as a great speaker, an alumna, a community leader, and a fascinating person who has engaged the culture through her work,” says Clark College President Robert K. Knight. “Her story will serve as an inspiration for our graduates.”

Heldman specializes in the presidency and systems of power (race, class, gender) in U.S. politics. She is also a regular commentator for FOX News, MSNBC, Fox Business News, CNBC, RT America, and Al Jazeera English, and writes for Ms. Magazine’s blog and the blog Sociological Images.

The Clark College Commencement ceremony will be held Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. at the Sleep Country Amphitheater, 17200 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit