University announces graduation speaker

Joe Armstrong has been selected as the keynote speaker at Trinity University’s undergraduate spring commencement on Saturday, May 12.

Armstrong graduated from Trinity in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and he went on to earn a juris doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

Immediately after arriving at Trinity in 1961, Armstrong made an impact on campus. He was president of the student body, and he worked to bring great entertainment and lecturers to the campus. In 1976, Armstrong received Trinity’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

While at UT, he was editor-in-chief of The Texas Law Forum. In addition, he received the highest honor a student could be given by the faculty, the Dean Hildebrand Award.

Armstrong has worked at ten magazines, including Rolling Stone, where he was the publisher and the president. He has also been a media advisor to publications such as Time and USA Today.

Besides engaging in numerous publishing ventures, Armstrong has been actively involved in volunteer efforts. Over the years, Armstrong served in the Peace Corps, Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children with life-threatening illnesses, the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin, the Lance Armstrong LiveStrong Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans. He has also made several trips to Cuba to assist in orphanages and in the building of a chapel.

Shannon Leigh Baldwin, a graduating senior from Houston double majoring in political science and human communication, will also speak at the undergraduate commencement ceremony as a representative of the class of 2012.

The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, in Laurie Auditorium. Tickets are required for entry to the event.