March 01, 2007

Richard Lederer, author of Anguished English series, to deliver May 20 commencement address


Online registration for commencement begins at 10 a.m. on March 1

Richard Lederer, author of more than 30 books about language and humor—including the best-selling Anguished English series—will deliver the keynote address at Case Western Reserve University's commencement ceremony on May 20 at the Veale Convocation Center, 2128 Adelbert Road.

Online registration for commencement begins at 10 a.m. on March 1 at

A popular author, speaker and journalist, Lederer specializes in grammar and the English language. His books include Crazy English and Get Thee to a Punnery. On the back cover of Lederer's recent book Word Wizard: Super Bloopers, Rich Reflections, and Other Acts of Word Magic, late novelist Sidney Sheldon wrote: "Richard Lederer is the true King of Language Comedy. His Anguished English books are the funniest books I have ever read."

Lederer's "Looking at Language" syndicated column appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States, and his commentaries are heard on public radio.

He has been featured on "Larry King" radio, NBC's Today show and CNN Prime Time. Lederer has been elected International Punster of the Year, and profiled in magazines as diverse as The New Yorker, People, and the National Enquirer. In addition, he has been named a Golden Gavel winner by Toastmasters International and Celebrity in Action by the San Diego Foundation for Educational Achievement.

Approximately 2,000 students will graduate this May. The main university convocation activities begin at 9:30 a.m. For additional information about diploma ceremonies by school, go to

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, March 1, 2007 12:07 PM | News Topics: Campus Life, Commencement, Events, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives

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