06/08/2010 06:30 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bob Schieffer Replaces Helen Thomas After Canceled Speech

CBS's Bob Schieffer is stepping in to replace Helen Thomas at a high school commencement speech.

Longtime White House correspondent Thomas had been forced to cancel her planned commencement address at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland, following the firestorm over her controversial remarks about Israel. She subsequently retired from her post as Hearst Newspapers columnist and White House correspondent.

Schieffer, another veteran Washington correspondent, will take Thomas' place at the graduation.

Whitman principal Alan Goodwin called him a "journalist of prominent stature in the community," according to the Washington Post.

The commencement will take place on June 14th.