VIU’s commencement ceremony was held on May 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Building. Our commencement speaker was John Hughes from Bloomberg News. Below is a brief bio about Mr. Hughes: John Hughes, Bloomberg News John Hughes is a 28-year journalist and 2015 National Press Club president. Since 2011 Hughes has been an editor for Bloomberg First Word, which is Bloomberg News’s breaking news desk in Washington. Bloomberg News produces 5,000 stories each day from more than 150 bureaus in 73 countries. The National Press Club, the world’s leading professional organization for journalists, has 3,100 members from every major news organization.
Before joining Bloomberg’s breaking news desk in 2011, Hughes was Bloomberg’s aviation and transportation reporter for more than a decade. He covered the Sept. 11 terror attacks, airline and auto bankruptcies, and aviation accidents including the Miracle on the Hudson in New York City. This year SPIA had students (last year he had 5)! Congratulations to all of them: AnneMarie Gasparik; Chaimaa Raihanoune; Enkhjiguur Ganbold; Kiran May; Oksana Zolotova; Samiullah Samsor; Sarangoo Ganbat; Theresa Taylor