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Furman Graduation May 11

Furman Alumni/NPR Correspondent to speak

May 08, 2019 - 4:00 am

Furman University is holding its graduation for 2019 on Saturday, May 11, in Paladin Stadium.  

This year, a 1986 Furman University graduate and international correspondent for National Public Radio, Eleanor Beardsley, will serve as commencement speaker.  Beardsley, who is also a South Carolina native, will also be awarded an honorary Doctor of International Affairs and Communications degree during the ceremony.

Furman will award approximately 610 undergraduate and graduate degrees at commencement, which will be broadcast live via streaming video on the Furman website.

The ceremony will be at 7:30pm.  Earlier in the day, an 11am baccalaureate service will be held in McAlister Auditorium.  That ceremony is reserved for graduates and their guests only and is not open to the public.

Complete information is available at the Furman commencement website.   

NPR correspondent Eleanor Beardsley

More on Eleanor Beardsley:  She began reporting from France for NPR in June 2004 as a freelance journalist, following all aspects of French society, politics, economics, culture and gastronomy. She has since become an integral part of the NPR Europe reporting team and is based in Paris. 
Beardsley covered the recent “yellow vest” protests in France as well as the two waves of terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels. She has also reported on arriving refugees in Hungary, Austria, Germany, Sweden and France, and traveled to Athens to follow the Greek debt crisis. 
She covered the first Arab Spring revolution in Tunisia, and has reported on three presidential elections in France, including the surprising landslide victory of outsider Emmanuel Macron in 2016. She has covered the Tour de France cycling race and visited her old stomping ground—Kosovo—to report for NPR on three separate occasions.
Prior to moving to Paris, Beardsley worked for three years with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. She also worked as a television producer for French broadcaster TF1 in Washington, D.C., and as a staff assistant to South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond.
Beardsley graduated from Furman with a B.A. in European history and French. She received a master’s degree in international business from the University of South Carolina.

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