Andrea Mitchell to Deliver Baccalaureate Address at the University of Pennsylvania

Ron Ozio | ozio@pobox.upenn.edu | 215-898-8658
Ann Davis | anndavis@pobox.upenn.edu | 215-898-1422
Friday, February 6, 1998

PHILADELPHIA --- Andrea L. Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News, will deliver the Baccalaureate Address at the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, May 17, according to President Judith Rodin. The Baccalaureate will be held at 3 p.m.

Mitchell, a Penn alumna, has been a member of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania since 1992. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Trustees and the Trustee Standing Committees on Academic Policy, External Affairs, and Honorary Degrees and Awards.

She is chair of the advisory board of the Annenberg School for Communication, and she is a member of the Trustees' Council of Penn Women.

"Andrea Mitchell brings a unique perspective to the Baccalaureate," Rodin said. "Her reputation for integrity and fairness as one of America's most respected journalists, together with an enormous affection for and commitment to her alma mater, is an extraordinary combination."

Mitchell began her career at KYW-AM (1060) in Philadelphia. She began her 20-year association with NBC News in 1978 as a correspondent based in Washington, D.C., and she reported from the White House from September 1981 to November 1988, when she was appointed chief congressional correspondent.

Mitchell reported on the Clinton campaign in 1992, and she became chief White House correspondent. She was named chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News in 1995, and she appears on the "NBC Nightly News," "Today," and on MSNBC.

Mitchell has served as a regular political analyst on "Today," and she has appeared frequently on "Meet the Press."

Former President Jimmy Carter will address the graduates and their families at the 242nd Commencement of the University of Pennsylvania on Monday, May 18, 1998. The Commencement will begin at 9:30 a.m.