2014 Graduate Recognition Ceremony

The 2014 graduate recognition ceremony of the School of Information will take place on Friday, May 2 at 4 p.m. in the Rackham Graduate School Auditorium, 116 East Washington St. The commencement address will be delivered by David Hawkins, an Emmy-award winning journalist and producer whose career spans more than 20 years.

Hawkins’s international experience reporting for CBS News and Al Jazeera has taken him to over 30 countries. He was CBS News's Moscow bureau chief and producer from 1995-1998 and Moscow correspondent from 1999-2000. During that time, he reported on Boris Yeltsin's presidency, the Mir space station, Kremlin corruption scandals and the war in Chechnya, among many other stories.

From 2000-2006, he was the Middle East correspondent for CBS based in Tel Aviv, a role in which he reported on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and events in Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. Hawkins covered the war in Iraq and was the first western reporter to interview Iraqi insurgents fighting US troops. Based in Kuala Lumpur for Al Jazeera English, he reported on politics and events in Southeast Asia, China, South Korea and Japan. 

He came to the University of Michigan in 2009 as a Knight-Wallace Fellow, where his advisor was John L King. At Michigan, he studied the effect of digital technology on the business and practice of journalism. He went on to obtain an MBA degree from the Ross School of Business.

Hawkins now lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and son and works as a media consultant and freelance reporter for Al Jazeera America’s Detroit Bureau.

The school will be recognizing 174 graduates at the ceremony, including three PhD graduates and thirteen members of the first class to earn a master of health informatics.

Due to space limitations, the event is restricted to graduates and their invited guests.

Posted On Monday,  April 28, 2014