Student Duval Bodden to Speak at Commencement

Posted: May 4, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

Duval Bodden
Duval Bodden
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Duval Bodden, a communication major with a concentration in public relations and a minor in theater, will be the student speaker at Mason’s 2009 Commencement.

A native of Westchester, N.Y., Bodden will be the 15th student speaker to represent his graduating class in this capacity. He is a nationally recognized member of Mason’s Forensics Team. Bodden was ranked third in the nation in Dramatic Performance at the 2007 American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament.

Upon graduating from Mason, Bodden plans to begin graduate work in performance studies at California State University at Long Beach.

Mason’s class of 2009 boasts more than 7,000 students. Of those, 6,836 are receiving undergraduate degrees, 2,335 are receiving graduate degrees, 237 are receiving law degrees, and 240 are receiving doctorates.

Steve Case, CEO of Revolution and co-founder of America Online, is this year’s commencement speaker. Case, along with Paul Strassmann, distinguished professor of information sciences at Mason, will be awarded the Doctorate of Humane Letters honorary degree.

Nancy and Donald de Laski, community activists and patrons of the arts, will be awarded the Mason Medal.

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