November 29, 2023

Bowie State University Announces Winter Commencement Speaker

CNN Anchor will Address Over 400 Graduates

Bowie State University Announces Winter Commencement Speaker


MEDIA CONTACT: David Thompson,, 301-860-4311

(BOWIE, Md.) – Abby Phillip, anchor of CNN NewsNight with Abby Phillip, will deliver remarks to over 400 graduates at Bowie State University’s Winter commencement set for 9 a.m. Thursday, December 21, at the Leonidas S. James Physical Education Complex.

Phillip was previously CNN’s senior political correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics Sunday. She joined the network in 2017 to cover the Trump Administration and served as a White House Correspondent through 2019. Prior to CNN, Phillip previously worked at The Washington Post, ABC News and Politico. Throughout her career she has covered multiple presidents, campaign finance, lobbying, and several presidential campaigns. 

Phillip attended Bowie High School and graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. Phillip is currently writing a book about Reverend Jesse Jackson’s 1988 campaign to become the Democratic presidential nominee and his legacy in American politics. 


About Bowie State University
Bowie State University (BSU) is an important higher education access portal for qualified persons from diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds, seeking a high-quality and affordable public comprehensive university. The university places special emphasis on the science, technology, cybersecurity, teacher education, business and nursing disciplines within the context of a liberal arts education. For more information about BSU, visit