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Celebrating Midyear Commencement

Midyear commencement 2018

Commencement Speaker is Marcus W. Brauchli, Journalist, Media Executive and Co-Founder of North Base Media

Approximately 700 undergraduate, graduate and law students will participate in Hofstra’s midyear commencement ceremony on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at 7 p.m. Marcus W. Brauchli, a journalist, media executive, and venture capital investor, is the commencement speaker.

The ceremony is at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex on the North Campus. It will be broadcast live on the web.

Brauchli is co-founder and managing partner of North Base Media, a partnership investing in innovative media and technology companies in key growth markets around the world. He is an advisor and director of several of these companies, including leading media in Poland, Mexico, and Taiwan.

Before becoming an entrepreneur and investor, Brauchli had a long career in journalism. He served as executive editor of The Washington Post, overseeing its news and content operations, including new media, video, and design, from mid-2008 to the end of 2012. During his editorship, the Post extended its record of journalistic excellence with seven Pulitzer Prizes and added to its investigative, politics, and economics teams. It also became a digitally and mobile-focused newsroom. After stepping down as editor, Brauchli was a strategic advisor to the Washington Post Co. and its other media properties.

Before joining the Post, Brauchli was The Wall Street Journal’s top editor. In addition to the U.S. paper, he oversaw the Journal’s European and Asian editions, its digital properties, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the stock market index then operated by the Journal. He oversaw the development and launch of a new luxury lifestyle magazine, WSJ. Before serving as the Journal’s managing editor, Brauchli spent 15 years as a Journal correspondent and bureau chief, living in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Stockholm. He covered economic reform and societal change in China, Japan’s historic stock market crash and later Asian economic crises, and popular revolutions in the Philippines and Indonesia. He was the Journal’s national editor when the paper’s offices were badly damaged on Sept. 11, 2001, and he helped to guide its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage that day.

Commencement participants and guests:

The location for the midyear ceremony is the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex for undergraduates, graduates and the School of Law.

Guests arriving to the Mack Sports Complex are encouraged to arrive early and travel light. All guests entering the complex will be subject to routine security measures including metal detector screening and bag searches. The Mack Sports Complex does not provide an area to check bags, coats, or any other personal belongings.

Entrances, which will be clearly marked, have been designated to assist with the flow of guests entering the building.

Entrance E – Handicap accessible
Entrances B, C, and D – General public

 Guests are reminded that proper and appropriate conduct is expected at all times.

Due to the seating capacity of the facility, seating is limited. Every midyear commencement candidate will receive six assigned seat tickets. Students may enter a lottery for two additional tickets during academic attire distribution on Wednesday and Thursday, December 11 and December 12, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Plaza Rooms in the Mack Student Center.

The David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex is wheelchair accessible on the main level and is available for guests requiring this area. One family member may accompany those with special needs during the ceremony. Upon entrance to the Complex, please contact an usher who will be happy to escort you.

For additional information on commencement activities, such as eligibility, tickets, robing and diplomas, please visit or call the Commencement office at (516) 463-4346. In the event of inclement weather please call the weather hotline (516) 463-SNOW or visit regarding the status of the ceremony. More visitor information

For information on media coverage, please call the office of University Relations at (516) 463-6818.

Directions to the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex

Meadowbrook Parkway to Exit M4 – Route 24 West (Hempstead Turnpike). Stay on 24W for about one mile. Pass Nassau Coliseum and travel under the first over head walk way. Once you pass the first over head walk way you will make your first right turn onto campus at the traffic light. Go to your second stop sign and make a right turn. The Mack Sports Complex will be a ¼ of a mile on your right hand side. Map

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