Dateline NBC Correspondent, Author to Speak at Boston University Sargent College Graduation

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(Boston, Mass.) – John Hockenberry, “Dateline NBC” correspondent and renown author, will deliver the keynote address at the commencement ceremony for Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Hockenberry, a paraplegic since the age of 19, is dedicated to improving the lives of those with physical limitations and integrating them into society.

He is the author of, “Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence” (Hyperion, 1996), where he recounts living life in his wheelchair and explains how physical limitations are a “natural binding force in society” that ultimately brings people together.

“I am excited about having John Hockenberry share his philosophy of living with our students said, Alan Jette, Ph.D., dean of Sargent College. “His wisdom will help our students in their work as health care professionals and in living their own lives.”

Prior to his work at NBC, Hockenberry spent fifteen years with ABC News and National Public Radio (NPR) where he worked as a general assignment reporter, Middle East correspondent and host of various broadcast programs. He earned an Emmy for his work at “Dateline NBC” as well as two Peabody Awards for his reporting at NPR.

The Sargent College Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 16th at 2:30 p.m.

Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University is an institution of higher education, research and clinical practice whose premier academic programs prepare dynamic health professionals and whose research and leadership in the health and rehabilitation sciences is actively shaping health care. For more information about Sargent College and to learn about their degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, communication disorders, health sciences, athletic training, nutrition, and rehabilitation counseling, visit