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Wes Moore named 2016 Commencement speaker

| By Stephanie Weaver
Wes Moore

Bestselling author, Army veteran, and social entrepreneur Wes Moore will deliver the commencement address at Loyola University Maryland’s 164th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Royal Farms Arena.

Moore’s books The Work and The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates are New York Times bestsellers. Moore has also authored Discovering Wes Moore, and co-authored the young adult novel, This Way Home, with Shawn Goodman.

Moore was born and raised in Maryland. After watching his father’s death at age 3, Moore began acting out. His mother sent him to military school at age 13, and in 1998, Moore graduated as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College.

“This year, as we reflect on how we as a university can strengthen our commitment to our city, Baltimore, and delve more deeply into the conversation of the need for racial justice in our community and our world, I am particularly delighted that Wes Moore has accepted our invitation to deliver the 2016 Commencement Address,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola University Maryland. “Through his writing and his lectures Mr. Moore advocates for veterans, for better educational opportunities for all, for the need for transformative leadership in our communities, and for the role each of us can take in making the world a better place. I look forward to hearing his words for our graduates as they prepare to take their Loyola education and go make a difference in our world.”

Moore graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and studied internal relations at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. After graduation, Moore served a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan in the 82nd Airborne Division. After his tour, he served as a White House fellow to then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Moore, an advocate for youth and education, founded BridgeEDU, an innovative college platform that reinvents the first year of college to addresses the college completion and job placement crisis.

He serves on the board of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and The Johns Hopkins University. Moore is the founder of STAND!, Students Taking a New Direction, an organization at Johns Hopkins University that works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system.

In addition to his work in the community, Moore regularly contributes to several publications, including Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and the New York Times. He’s also had appearances on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Face the Nation. 

Moore lives in Baltimore with his wife and two children.

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