Commencement Speaker

Keynote Speaker
Wes Moore, MLitt

Wes Moore

Wes Moore is a best-selling author, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and Executive Producer and host of a series with PBS on returning veterans, called “Coming Back with Wes Moore". His first book, The Other Wes Moore, became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Born in 1978, Wes and his sisters were raised by their widowed mother. Despite early academic and behavioral struggles, he graduated Phi Theta Kappa in 1998 as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College, and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001, where he also played football and earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. There he also founded an organization called STAND! that works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system. Wes then became a Rhodes Scholar, studying International Relations at Oxford University.

After his studies, Wes served as a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army during a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division. He then served as a White House Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Wes resides in his hometown of Baltimore with his wife and their two young children.

Keep an eye out for Wes Moore’s documentary, Coming Back with Wes Moore, which airs May 13 at 8 p.m. on MPT.