The Episcopal School of Dallas is honored to announce that the Class of 2017 commencement speaker will be John Quiñones, host of the award-winning, ethics-based program “What Would You Do” (WWYD). One of the highest-rated newsmagazine franchises of recent years, WWYD employs a hidden camera and places bystanders in the midst of disturbing conflicts. Witnesses must make the choice of what to do. The results are often inspiring and heroic.
A native Texan, Quiñones started his television career in 1982 as a general news correspondent for “World News Tonight.” An international journalist who has been featured on all ABC News programs, Quiñones was stationed for nearly a decade in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama, and was one of the few American media persons in Panama City during the December 1989 invasion. Honors include the George Foster Peabody Award, CINE Award, World Hunger Media Award and a Citation from the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and the Guerra Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists. He has earned seven national Emmy Awards for his work on “20/20,” “Burning Questions,” and “Primetime Live.” A beneficiary of Upward Bound, a program aimed at preparing low income, inner city children for college, Quiñones graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and earned a master’s from the Columbia School of Journalism. He is the author of Heroes Among Us: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Choices.
“Mr. Quiñones is a generous and accomplished man; his work is inspirational and incredibly relevant to ethical leadership and character development,” said Meredyth Cole, Head of School. “Earlier this year, he facetimed with three seniors on their final Ethics project. When one of those young men reached out about being our commencement speaker, he graciously agreed. Mr. Quiñones embodies ESD’s Founding Tenets of Ethical Decision Making, Experiences in Community, and Service to Others. We are extraordinarily grateful that he accepted our invitation.”
Graduation for the Class of 2017 will be held Saturday, May 27, 2017, in the Stoffel Commons of the Merrell Road Campus. Due to space limitations, the ceremony is limited to members of the ESD community and their guests. More information about the ceremony can be found at www.esdallas.org/2017.