Arianna Huffington and Steve Grove to Speak at 2011 NYU-SCPS Convocation

NEW YORK, May 4, 2011 – The New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) today announced Arianna Huffington, the president and editor-in-chief of The AOL Huffington Post Media Group, and Steve Grove, head of News and Politics at YouTube, as the keynote speakers for the 2011 NYU-SCPS Convocation, which will take place on May 16, 2011. Huffington will speak at the School’s Convocation for graduate students in the morning, and Grove will address the School’s Convocation for undergraduate students later that same day. 

Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington is the president and editor-in-chief of The AOL Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books.  Her latest, Third World America, published in September 2010, chronicles the struggles of America’s besieged middle class.  She is a frequent guest on television shows such as Charlie Rose, Real Time with Bill Maher, This Week with Christiane Amanpour, and The Rachel Maddow Show. 

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that has quickly become one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet.  She was named to the “Time 100” of 2011, Time Magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people, and to the Financial Times’ list of 50 people who shaped the decade.  

Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in Economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

Steve Grove
Steve Grove directs the news and political content strategy for YouTube (at Google). In 2008, Grove developed YouTube’s political platform, which featured presidential and congressional candidates. In February 2010, it broadcast an exclusive interview with President Obama that provided viewers with the opportunity to submit questions—a format YouTube repeated in 2011, and has since employed to interview leaders worldwide.

Grove also created CitizenTube, a channel on YouTube that curates and promotes citizen-generated news clips of breaking news events, such as the recent protests in the Middle East. Additionally, Grove developed YouTube’s nonprofit program, which connects nonprofit organizations with volunteers who want to make a difference. Originally from Northfield, Minnesota, Grove worked at the Boston Globe and at ABC News prior to joining YouTube. He earned a Master’s in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 2006. In December 2007, Newsweek named Grove one of its “12 people to watch.” He blogs regularly at

NYU-SCPS Convocation Ceremonies
This year, the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies will confer master’s degrees and graduate certificates upon 869 graduate students, and associate’s and bachelor’s degrees upon 290 undergraduate students during its Convocation on May 16th, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.  The Graduate Convocation procession will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom, and the Undergraduate Convocation procession will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the same location. Receptions will follow each at 1:30 p.m. and at 7:30 pm. respectively. 

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About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies ( is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School's community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit