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P.J. O'Rourke To Speak at San Diego Commencement

The Wall Street Journal called him "the funniest writer in America."

 Political satirist P.J. O’Rourke will address the graduating class of 2013 when National University hosts its commencement ceremony in San Diego on Thursday, May 30.

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."

O’Rourke attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and graduate school at Johns Hopkins, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. After receiving an M.A. in English, he worked at small newspapers in Baltimore and New York before joining National Lampoon.

This year’s speaker joins an impressive and diverse roster of prominent commencement speakers at National University, including Suzanne Somers; William Bennett; Andrew Young; Herman Boone; Vince Lombardi, Jr.; Stacey Allison; Diana Nyad; Jackie Joyner Kersee; Leslie Stahl and Ben Stein.