CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer will give the commencement address for the University of New Hampshire’s classes of 2020 and 2021.

In a nod to the ongoing pandemic, and the challenges associated with having ceremonies spread over several days, Blitzer will record his speech. It will be shown to graduates during a series of events in Wildcat Stadium on the UNH campus in Durham.

Blitzer, the lead anchor on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" on CNN, began his journalism career almost 50 years ago with the Reuters news agency in Tel Aviv. He later reported from Washington, D.C. for the Jerusalem Post before joining CNN in 1990. His first anchor job with CNN started in 1999.

During his career he has interviewed U.S. presidents and countless world leaders, including former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Blitzer earned a bachelor’s in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a master’s in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

The commencement events at UNH will be the first since 2019. Last spring, the university canceled the ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festivities this spring also will recognize 2020 graduates who were unable to formally celebrate their graduation.

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