Ronan Farrow and Shane Martin Chosen as LMU’s Commencement Speakers

Influential journalist and human rights advocate Ronan Farrow will be the undergraduate commencement speaker at Loyola Marymount University on Saturday, May 5, at 9:15 a.m.

Farrow may be best known as an investigative reporter for NBC News, and his reporting on human rights and foreign policy has also appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other publications. More recently, his game-changing work in The New Yorker about former film producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged history of sexual abuse won the George Polk Award in 2017.

A Rhodes Scholar and graduate of Yale Law School, Farrow is also a former diplomat who worked for the State Department in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2008, he was awarded the McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award by Refugees International, for “extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people.”

Shane P. Martin, outgoing dean of LMU’s School of Education, will address the graduate commencement, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 6.

Martin was appointed dean of SOE in 2005 and dean of graduate studies at LMU in 2012. He is a state commissioner to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and a board member of Green Dot Public Schools and Teach for America Los Angeles. He is a founding member of Deans for Impact and serves on their Executive Committee, and is also a member of the education advisory board of Edthena.

A 1980 graduate of LMU, Martin earned his Ph.D. in international and intercultural education from USC and his Master in Theology and Master of Divinity at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. He was recently chosen as the next provost of Seattle University, a post he will begin on June 1.

More than 1,300 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees will be conferred at the Saturday ceremony, and more than 700 graduate students will earn their degrees on Sunday. Both commencement ceremonies will be streamed live at

Loyola Marymount University, the University of Silicon Beach, is ranked in the top 12 percent of higher education institutions nationally by The Wall Street Journal. Founded in 1911, LMU is a Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount university with more than 6,100 undergraduate students and more than 3,000 graduate and law students. LMU offers 58 undergraduate majors and 53 minor programs, along with 46 master’s degree programs, one education doctorate, one juris doctorate, one doctorate of juridical science and 13 credential/authorization programs. LMU’s intercollegiate athletics teams compete in the West Coast Conference with 22 Division I and varsity sports.