ShareThis Page
Pitt announces commencement speakers |

Pitt announces commencement speakers

Debra Erdley
| Monday, April 16, 2018 11:15 a.m
Keith Srakocic/AP
The Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland

The University of Pittsburgh is tapping two accomplished Pitt graduates as commencement speakers this year.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto will address the undergraduate class of 2018 at commencement ceremonies April 29 at 1 p.m. in the Petersen Events Center. Prominent Washington, D.C., attorney David C. Frederick will address those at graduate commencement ceremonies on April 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the events center.

Peduto earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Penn State, then earned a master’s degree in public policy from Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in 2011. His political career dates to his election student government president at Chartiers Valley High School. After working 19 years on Pittsburgh’s city council, he was elected mayor of the Pittsburgh in November 2013.

Frederick, who earned his undergraduate degree in 1983 at Pitt, where he was a Truman Scholar, and attended Oxford University as Pitt’s first Rhodes Scholar. He earned his law degree at University of Texas at Austin School of Law,

In the lower courts, Frederick also represented retired football players in their historic settlement with the National Football League for concussion-related injuries and illnesses. He also has argued from the 100 appeals cases, including 50 before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Debra Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7996 or or via Twitter @deberdley_trib

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.