Soledad O’Brien, an award-winning television journalist who after Hurricane Katrina founded a nonprofit to help disadvantaged young women get to college, will be the speaker at the University of New Orleans’ spring commencement.

O’Brien will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters during the ceremony.

The veteran journalist, who now appears on HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” and serves as a special correspondent for Al-Jazeera America, was the originator of CNN’s documentary series “Black in America” and “Latino in America.”

While she is no longer with CNN, her Starfish Media Group continues to produce the programs.

During her time with CNN, O’Brien’s work covering Hurricane Katrina, among other events, helped the network earn several awards.

UNO’s spring commencement is scheduled for 3 p.m. May 16 at the Lakefront Arena.