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Lisa Ling to Deliver The Archer School For Girls’ Commencement Address

Host of CNN’s “This is Life” to Address Archer’s Graduating Class of 2018
Lisa Ling, award-winning journalist, author, and host of “This is Life” on CNN, will deliver The Archer School for Girls’ commencement address on Saturday, May 26.

Before coming to CNN, Lisa was a field correspondent for “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and contributor to ABC News' “Nightline”. Lisa was also the first female host of National Geographic’s flagship show “Explorer” which sent her to cover the phenomenon of female suicide bombing, the spread of the MS-13 gang—considered the world’s most dangerous gang, and the humanitarian crisis inside North Korea.

She began her career in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News where she covered the civil war in Afghanistan at 21 years of age. She later went on to become a co-host of ABC Daytime's hit show "The View," which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show. In 2011, her acclaimed documentary journalism series, "Our America with Lisa Ling", was created and began airing on OWN. Lisa is the co-author of "Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood" and "Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home," which she penned with her sister, Laura. In 2014, President Obama appointed Lisa to the Commission on White House Fellows.

“We are thrilled to have Lisa Ling give the commencement address to Archer’s Class of 2018,” Head of School Elizabeth English said. “Ms. Ling fearlessly stands at the forefront of key issues facing our world today and through her work brings untold stories to the fore. Our girls are excited and grateful to have such a fierce and thought-provoking speaker.”
The Archer School for Girls admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status in its hiring or in the administration of its educational policies and programs, admissions policies, financial aid programs or other school-administered programs. 

The Archer School for Girls’ mission is to educate students in an environment specifically designed for girls. As such, the school will consider any candidate for admission who identifies as a girl. Once admitted to Archer, all students in good academic standing who abide by Archer’s code of conduct and who meet requirements for graduation will be eligible to receive an Archer diploma, regardless of any change in sexual identity or other legally protected status.