Commencement speaker announced

“Spotlight” inspiration Marty Baron to deliver speech at graduation




Martin “Marty” Baron, the executive editor for The Washington Post, will deliver the Spring 2017 Commencement address at Mason’s 50th annual commencement on May 20.

Baron has been executive editor of the Post since 2013 and has previously worked with The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald and The New York Times. He is known for his dogged pursuit of stories that challenge powerful institutions, and his leadership inspired the film “Spotlight,” which won two Academy Awards in 2016 for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

Mason will celebrate its annual commencement at EagleBank Arena. Tickets are not required for the 2017 university commencement ceremony. The lineup for graduates will start at 8:45 a.m. in North Plaza by the Johnson Center.