March 29, 2017

Ron Chernow to Speak at Commencement

Ron Chernow

Ron Chernow, author of Alexander Hamilton and historical advisor to the Broadway musical Hamilton, will be the featured speaker at Lafayette’s 182nd Commencement on Saturday, May 20. Mr. Chernow is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and commentator on politics, business, and finance.

“Having written biographies of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, I have twice written about the Marquis de Lafayette and am therefore especially pleased to be honored by Lafayette,” Chernow said in a press release.

President Alison Byerly said Chernow was chosen because his work “exemplifies both tremendous scholarly accomplishment, as well as narrative ability and readability that make him a tremendously gifted author,” noting that his Hamilton biography has received a lot of attention recently.

Chernow’s book Washington: A Life won a Pulitzer Prize in 2011, and he’s written several other books on business history such as The Death of the Banker: The Decline and Fall of the Great Financial Dynasties and the Triumph of the Small Investor.

Mr. Chernow is currently working on a book about Ulysses S. Grant to be published either later this year or next year.

Learn more about Mr. Chernow and the three other distinguished individuals who will receive honorary degrees at Commencement.

Visit the Commencement website for additional information and schedules.