Departed New York Times editor Jill Abramson to speak at Wake Forest University

akenney@newsobserver.comMay 14, 2014 

— Wake Forest University’s graduation may attract some special attention on Monday. Jill Abramson, the executive editor who suddenly and mysteriously left The New York Times on Wednesday, is still scheduled to deliver the commencement address.

Abramson, who was chosen by a committee of students, faculty and staff, will speak free of charge, according to Katie Neal, a university spokeswoman. The New York Times’ leadership announced Abramson’s departure to a “stunned newsroom,” the newspaper reported Wednesday. It was not clear if she had been fired or left on her own.

The school announced Abramson’s speech in March and had received no word of a change in those plans as of Wednesday afternoon, Neal said.

Abramson is the second big-time journalist to deliver the university’s commencement in two years. Gwen Ifill of PBS NewsHour was last year’s commencement speaker.

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