Commencement exercises to be held Saturday, May 5

May 01, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Penn State Lehigh Valley will hold its annual commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa. The campus will award associate and bachelor's degrees to roughly 60 local students. The featured speaker for the event is Brad Meltzer, a best-selling author and researcher on the History Channel series Brad Meltzer's "Decoded." Meltzer will sign copies of his books during the reception immediately following the commencement ceremony.

"We are excited to welcome Brad Meltzer, whose career success is rooted in his love of history, to speak to our graduates during this very special and historic centennial year at Penn State Lehigh Valley," said Ann Williams, chancellor of Penn State Lehigh Valley.

Brad Meltzer is the author of the New York Times Bestsellers "The Tenth Justice," "Dead Even," "The First Counsel," "The Millionaires," and "The Zero Game." He is currently working on his newest comic book, "DC Universe," and recently published his latest novel, "The Inner Circle." He can also be seen on the History Channel series Brad Meltzer’s "Decoded," which investigates the secret history of the symbols and codes that surround us every day.

"The Tenth Justice" was his first published work and became an instant New York Times Bestseller. "Dead Even" followed a year later and also hit the New York Times Bestseller List. "The First Counsel" came next, which was about a White House lawyer dating the President's daughter, and then "The Millionaires," about two brothers who steal money and go on the run. His novel, "The Zero Game," is about two Congressional staffers who are, literally, gambling on Congress.

Meltzer is also one of the co-creators of the TV show, "Jack & Bobby" – about two young brothers, one of whom will one day grow up to be President – and is the No. 1 best-selling author of the critically acclaimed comic book Identity "Crisis," a murder mystery featuring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.

His books have a total of almost 6 million copies in print, have spent over nine months on bestseller lists, and have been translated into over 25 languages from Hebrew to Bulgarian.

His newest nonfiction book, "Heroes for My Son," examines 52 global heroes from Gandhi to Rosa Parks to Thomas Jefferson, and the qualities they shared that allowed them to shape the modern world. While cataloging the lives of so many impactful individuals, Meltzer grew to understand three truths to successful leadership: communicate and collaborate with your team, admit and overcome your limitations, and represent your organization, don’t have it represent you. Meltzer expounds on these insights in an article for Spirit Magazine and has shared his philosophies with corporations nationwide.

Meltzer has played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's Celebrity and earned credit from Columbia Law School for writing his first book, which became "The Tenth Justice." He's been featured on "The Today Show" and in major publications including Time, USA Today, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, and dozens of newspapers across the country.

For more information, contact University Relations at 610-285-5067 or email


  • The History Channel's Brad Meltzer is the featured speaker for Penn State Lehigh Valley's 2012 commencement.

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Last Updated May 15, 2012