GREENWICH, Conn. – Greenwich High School's Class of 2017 has announced its commencement speaker for this year's graduation ceremony: CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota of Westport.
“Ms. Camerota was recommended to the senior class officers through a personal acquaintance. After researching her background, we all agreed that as an incredibly accomplished journalist and program host with numerous years of experience and a multifaceted career, she would be a perfect fit to impart wisdom on the Class of 2017,” GHS Senior Class President Richard Columbo said.
She is an anchor on CNN's morning show "New Day" with Chris Cuomo and is the author of the new novel “Amanda Wakes Up” about TV news, out next month.
“We are very excited to have Alisyn Camerota as our commencement speaker. In a time when news coverage has become increasingly partisan, Alisyn represents integrity and objectivity in her reporting," GHS Headmaster Chris Winters said.
The Greenwich High graduation will be held Tuesday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium.
In case of inclement weather, the commencement ceremonies will be held indoors in the Performing Arts Center in two groups: Students with last names beginning with L-Z will begin at 4 p.m., and students with last names beginning with A-K will begin at 7:15 p.m. While seating for the outdoor ceremony is unlimited, each family will receive three tickets for use in an indoor ceremony.
During her tenure at CNN, Camerota has covered breaking news stories on the ground, including the Paris and Brussels terror attacks, the South Carolina church shooting, and the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla. She was in the forefront of CNN's coverage of the 2016 elections, conducting interviews with Hilary Clinton, Donald Trump and other presidential candidates.
Her panel discussions with Trump supporters have become must-see viral sensations.
She also has worked for FOX News, NBC and various local news stations.