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Tara Westover to deliver Northeastern commencement address

This undated photo provided by Penguin Random House shows Tara Westover. Westover's best-selling memoir "Educated" and Richard Powers' novel "The Overstory" are among the nominees for a $75,000 award presented by PEN America, the literary and human rights organization. On Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, PEN announced finalists for everything from translation to science to sports writing. (Paul Stuart/Penguin Random House via AP)
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Author Tara Westover

Author Tara Westover will deliver Northeastern’s 2019 Commencement address on May 3, the university announced Sunday. 

Westover is best known for 2018’s “Educated,” her bestselling memoir about overcoming her oppressive childhood — during which she went without formal education and medical care. She would later go on to earn a PhD in history from Trinity College, Cambridge.

“I’m delighted to be delivering the commencement for the 2019 graduating class — for the students, who have worked hard for their degrees, and for the university, and its commitment to revitalizing higher education,” Westover said in an interview with News@Northeastern.

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Past Northeastern commencement speakers include John F. KennedyMaya AngelouBill Clinton, and Madeleine Albright, among others.
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