New York Times Bestseller and Alumnus Max Brooks '94 to Keynote 2011 Pitzer College Commencement

Claremont, Calif. (April 21, 2011) — The 47th Pitzer College Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 10 am at Commencement Plaza.

New York Times bestselling author and Pitzer College alumnus Max Brooks '94 was chosen by the class of 2011 to serve as the keynote speaker at this year's event.

Brooks, a history major at Pitzer College, is the author of The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead (2003, Three Rivers Press), World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (2006, Crown) and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks (2009, Three Rivers Press).

Bennett Cross '11 will serve as the senior class speaker. Following tradition, Cross was chosen by a selection committee. He comes from Sherman Oaks, CA and will receive a degree in multiple intelligences.

The graduating class selects a member of the staff or administration to be their honored guest and a member of the faculty to be their student marshal. This year, Dean of Students Moya Carter will serve as the honored guest and Professor Jose Calderon as the student marshal. Professor David Bachman will serve as the faculty marshal, Chase Dyer '11 will present the senior class gift and Gilbert V. Gonzales '03 will give the alumni greeting.

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