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Tim O'Brien—award-winning author of" The Things They Carried"—will give the keynote address and Keith Jackson, lauded sports announcer, will be a special guest at Whittier College's 107th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 28, 9 a.m. in Memorial Stadium on the Whittier College campus. During the event, at which approximately 340 undergraduate and graduate students are expected to receive their degrees, O'Brien and Jackson will also each receive an honorary degree from Whittier: a doctorate of humane letters (L.H.D.).
In 2006, all entering Whittier students read O'Brien's book, "The Things They Carried". As such, the commencement address will be a meaningful way to "bookend" the graduating class' Whittier experience.