National University

Family, Friends Celebrate 1,500 Graduates at San Diego Commencement

 National University honored more than 1,500 graduates from its campuses throughout San Diego and southern California at its 2013 Commencement Ceremony at the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday, May 30.

More than 8,000 family and friends were also in attendance. The commencement ceremony began at 2 p.m. Author and political satirist P.J. O’Rourke provided the keynote address.

O’Rourke established himself as humorous force at National Lampoon in the early 1970s, collaborating with comedic greats such as John Belushi, Chevy Chase and Christopher Guest and contributing to the foundations of classics such as the National Lampoon Yearbook and the film “Animal House.”

Transitioning to a career as a freelance writer by the 1980s, O’Rourke published articles in magazines such as Playboy and Vanity Fair before becoming foreign affairs desk chief at Rolling Stone. He also served briefly as a conservative commentator for 60 Minutes, but may be familiar to most as a best-selling author.

Titles by O’Rourke include “Parliament of Whores,” “Eat the Rich,” “Driving Like Crazy,” and “Holidays in Heck.” His bylines are frequently found In The Atlantic and The Weekly Standard. According to his web site, O’Rourke has more citations in The Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any other living writer. Both Time magazine and The Wall Street Journal have called him "the funniest writer in America."