Luke Russert of NBC News at commencement

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Wingate, N.C. – Luke Russert, NBC News correspondent for Capitol Hill, will speak at Wingate University’s 114th Commencement Exercises at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 8 on the University’s academic quad.

As a graduate of Boston College, Russert’s first assignment was to cover the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver and the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Leading up to the election, Russert interviewed then presidential candidates Barrack Obama and John McCain.

Following the election, Russert’s primary focus has been on reporting on political issues affecting our youth. Many of his stories have appeared on NBC’s “Today” show, the “Nightly News” website, and MSNBC’s “First Read” political analysis’ website.

While attending college, Russert worked on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption.” Additionally, while a correspondent for NBC News, Russert co-hosts a sports radio program called “60/20 Sports” on XM Radio with James Carville.
Russert is a native of Washington, D.C. and is the son of the late Tim Russert who served as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” for 16 years.

Russert has been applauded by NBC News president Steve Capus who described him as “One of the Rookies of the Year.” Capus has also said "Everybody in the political world knows Luke Russert." They knew him before (his father's death) and they know him after it.

During the commencement exercises, Wingate University will award 437 diplomas for the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, Master of Business Administration and the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private four-year institution of 2,159 students offering active learning opportunities through personalized instruction, world travel, career discovery, and community service.

Wingate offers 34 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, communication, education, fine arts, music, and sport sciences. It also offers graduate degrees in accounting, business, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration. In addition, the school awards the Doctor of Pharmacy and the Doctor of Education degrees.

Bulldog student-athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. Wingate University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past three years.

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