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HPU Announces 2019 Commencement Details

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Famed physicist and co-founder of String Field Theory Dr. Michio Kaku to give HPU’s 2019 Commencement address

High Point, North Carolina, April 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HIGH POINT, N.C., April 24, 2019 – High Point University’s 2019 Commencement ceremony on May 11 continues the university’s tradition of bringing world-renown innovators and leaders to campus to inspire graduates. Dr. Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist, co-founder of String Field Theory, best-selling author, renowned futurist and popularizer of science, will deliver this year’s Commencement address.

 “Dr. Kaku’s dedication to scientific discovery and ability to communicate those discoveries with a wide array of audiences makes him an extraordinary innovator who will inspire our students and their families,” says HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein.

 The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. While Commencement is a private event for HPU graduates and their family members, anyone can tune into the ceremony live online at www.highpoint.edu/live.

Nearly 10,000 people will fill HPU’s Roberts Hall Lawn for the outdoor ceremony (rain site: Millis Athletic and Convocation Center). The university will award approximately 1,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees.

  What Makes HPU’s Graduation Unique:

 -- Kaku becomes part of an extraordinary lineup of HPU Commencement speakers, including Josh Groban, internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and actor; Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s lead political anchor and anchor of “The Situation Room”; 66th Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Gen. Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and national security advisor; former First Lady Laura Bush; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and HPU’s Innovator in Residence; Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor; Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan; NASA Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin; and Muhtar Kent, CEO of the Coca-Cola Company.

 -- Each year, a bald eagle soars over the graduates at the end of the ceremony to symbolize the ideals of free enterprise, independence and the ability to pursue new opportunities in America.

 -- Spoiler alert: HPU graduates will receive a blanket after the ceremony to give to their mothers in honor of Mother’s Day, which is the following day, May 12.

 -- Additional Commencement exercises include “Onward with Faithful Courage,” a senior send-off with HPU President Nido Qubein, and a baccalaureate service at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, both on Friday, May 10.

  About the 2019 Commencement Speaker:

 As co-founder of String Field Theory, Kaku carries on Albert Einstein’s quest to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into a single grand unified theory of everything. He has gained popularity in mainstream media due to his knowledge and his accessible approach to presenting complex subjects in science. While his technical writings are confined to theoretical physics, his public speaking and media appearances cover a broad range of topics, from the Kardashev scale to subjects such as wormholes and time travel.

 Kaku has starred in a myriad of science programming for television, including Discovery, Science Channel, BBC, ABC and History Channel. He is also a news contributor to “CBS: This Morning” and is a regular guest on news programs around the world, including CBS, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC and CNN. He has made guest appearances on all major talk shows, including “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Conan” on TBS and others.

 Kaku has written four New York Times best-sellers: “Physics of the Impossible” (2008), “Physics of the Future” (2011), “The Future of the Mind” (2014) and “The Future of Humanity” (2018). He has also been a featured columnist for top popular science publications, such as Popular Mechanics, Discover, COSMOS, WIRED, New Scientist, Newsweek and many others.


Katie Hamlin
High Point University

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