Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) April 22, 2015
Georgia State University will graduate more than 5,700 students receiving bachelor’s, master’s and specialist’s degrees at the university’s spring and summer commencement at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 9 in the Georgia Dome.
Bestselling writer Jonathan Safran Foer, author of “Everything Is Illuminated” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” is the keynote speaker.
Foer’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” was chosen as the university’s First-Year Book Program selection for the freshman class in 2011 as part of an effort to provide a common intellectual experience and foster critical thinking. Many of those freshmen who read Foer’s book will participate in the May 9 ceremony.
“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” tells the story of a 9-year-old boy searching for a lock fitting a key that belonged to his father, who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York.
The novel, an international bestseller, received numerous awards, including the Victoria and Albert Museum Award and the Prix des libraries du Quebec. The novel was made into a film in 2011.
Foer’s first novel, “Everything Is Illuminated,” debuted to sweeping praise when the author was 25 years old. Foer is included in The New Yorker magazine’s “20 under 40” list of the best young writers in the U.S. He also has been named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “People of the Year” and Esquire magazine’s “Best and Brightest.”
The university will hold a separate commencement for 135 Ph.D. students on Monday, May 11 at the Rialto Center for the Arts. The College of Law will hold its commencement and hooding ceremony for 195 graduates at 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 15 in the Georgia State Sports Arena.
For more about commencement at Georgia State, visit commencement.gsu.edu.