December 17, 2013, BY Andy Hirsch

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Sheryl WuDunn, Bucknell's 2014 Commencement speakereLEWISBURG, Pa. — Sheryl WuDunn believes in the power of the individual. She's written about it in her best-selling book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. She's preached it in her 2010 TEDGlobal talk. And in May, she'll speak to more than 900 Bucknellians about the differences they can make as they prepare to venture into the world. On a recommendation by the Class of 2014, WuDunn will be the keynote speaker for Bucknell's 164th Commencement Celebration.

"Through her words and her actions, Sheryl WuDunn has shown a great passion for the social change that can be brought about by the actions of one," said Bucknell President John Bravman. "We are delighted to secure a speaker who is of such great interest to the Class of 2014, and we look forward to the message she will share as our graduates begin to make their own mark in this world." 

Aside from co-authoring three best-selling books, WuDunn is a business executive, entrepreneur and philanthropist. A former vice president with Goldman Sachs' investment management division, WuDunn is currently a senior managing director at Mid-Market Securities, LLC, where she helps growth companies focusing on new media technology, entertainment, social media, healthcare and emerging markets.

Prior to moving into the investment world, WuDunn worked at The New York Times as both an executive and a journalist. She was The Times' first anchor of an evening news program for a digital cable TV channel, and worked and as a foreign correspondent in Tokyo and Beijing, where she wrote about economic, financial, political and social issues.

WuDunn earned a Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of China's push for democracy and the Tiananmen Square protests, making her the first Asian American to win the award. WuDunn has been honored with numerous other awards, including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement, the George Polk Award, the Pearl S. Buck Woman of the Year Award and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Prize. In 2011, Newsweek cited WuDunn as one of the "150 Women Who Shake the World."

"Ms. WuDunn's work as an author and businesswoman is powerful and inspiring," said 2014 Class President Kelsea Alderman. "We're excited to have her share her experiences with us on what will be one of the most important and memorable days of our lives."

WuDunn graduated from Cornell University and holds advanced degrees from Harvard Business School and Princeton University. She has also received honorary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Middlebury College.

Bucknell's 164th Commencement will take place on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 10 a.m. Click here for more information on the weekend's schedule. For a complete schedule of events, registration and general information, including accommodations and dining, visit