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April 16, 2015

MSNBC Host Lawrence O'Donnell to Address Graduates at 2015 Commencement

MGH Institute of Health Professions President Janis P. Bellack announced today that MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell will deliver the keynote address at the school's 2015 Commencement Ceremony on Monday, May 11.

The MGH Institute, the only degree-granting member of Partners HealthCare, will award degrees to 550 students in nursing, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and health professions education during ceremonies at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston.

O’Donnell hosts “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” on MSNBC. Each night, he draws on his extensive background in politics, entertainment, and news to provide commentary on the leading stories of the day.

“Lawrence O’Donnell’s compelling story of the care he received after a serious accident is both moving and inspirational,” said President Bellack. “I believe his personal story will be of great interest to our graduating students and their guests.”

Last spring, while vacationing with his brother in the British Virgin Islands, O’Donnell was involved in a serious car accident. Flown back to New York, he required extensive surgery and more than two months of rehabilitation. During this time, O’Donnell experienced firsthand the invaluable roles health care professionals perform.

Considering himself “lucky to be alive,” O’Donnell says the experience changed his life and gave him profound appreciation for the health care professionals who helped him recover, “Heroes” he says, “doing amazing work every day.”

O’Donnell joined MSNBC as a political analyst in 1996. He is an Emmy Award-winning executive producer and writer for the NBC series “The West Wing” and creator and executive producer of the NBC series “Mister Sterling.”

From 1989 through 1992, O'Donnell served as Senior Advisor to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-NY, having previously worked as Sen. Moynihan’s Director of Communications for the senator's 1988 re-election campaign. In 1992, he served as Chief of Staff to the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, and from 1993 through 1995 was Chief of Staff to the Senate Finance Committee.

Born in Boston, O’Donnell is a graduate of Harvard College.

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