PAST COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS SPEAKERS

Year

Speaker

Information

2017

William Jefferson Clinton L.H.D. '17

Founder of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd president of the United States

2016

Dr. Cheryl L. Dorsey L.H.D. '16

Harvard trained physician who started a community-based mobile health unit, president of Echoing Green

2015

David Gergen L.H.D. '15

Harvard Professor of Public Service, best-selling author, CNN senior political analyst and trusted adviser to four U.S. Presidents

2014

Brad Falchuk '93, L.H.D '14

Emmy-award winning writer, producer and director

2013

James Carville P'17, LL.D. '13

Political commentator

2012

Savannah Guthrie L.H.D '12

Journalist and attorney working for NBC News; co-anchor of The Today Show

2011

Patrick Corvington L.H.D. '11

Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service

2010

Daniel R. Glickman L.H.D. '10

President of Refugees International

2009

Carol M. Browner L.H.D. '09

Assistant to President Barack Obama for Energy and Climate Change

2008

William T. Whitaker, Jr. '73, L.H.D. '97

CBS News Correspondent

2007

Judy Woodruff L.H.D. '07

PBS Senior Correspondent

2007

Albert R. Hunt L.H.D. '07

Washington Executive Editor for Bloomberg News

2006

John Carlton King L.H.D. '06

Chief of National Correspondant for CNN

2005

Margaret Jane (Dee Dee) Myers L.H.D. '05

Political Analyist and former White House Press Secretary

2004

Chris Matthews L.H.D. '04

Host, MSNBC's "Hardball"

2003

Andrea Mitchell L.H.D. '03

Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News

2002

Mark Shields L.H.D. '02

Political Columnist, Commentator, and Moderator of CNN's "The Capital Gang"

2001

Gwen Ifill L.H.D. '01

Moderator and Managing Editor of PBS's "Washington Week"

2000

Hon. Richard C. Holbrooke P'87, L.H.D. '00

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

1999

Marvin Bram P'91, L.H.D. '99

Professor Emeritus of History
Bureau in the Wage and Labor Standards of Administration of U.S. Department of Labor

1998

Gloria Steinem L.H.D. '98

American Feminist, Journalist, Author

1997

William T. Whitaker, Jr. '73 L.H.D. '97

CBS News Correspondent

1996

Dr. Wangari Maathai P'94, P'96, Sc.D. '94

University of Notre Dame
2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founder of The Green Belt Movement

1995

Hunter R. Rawlings III P'89, P'94, L.H.D. '95

President, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

1994

Priscilla A. Schaffer '64, Sc.D. '94

Chief, Division of Molecular Genetics, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

1993

Eric M. A. Lax '66, L.H.D. '93

Author

1992

Daniel Patrick Moynihan L.H.D. '92

United States Senator, NY

1991

Chinua Achebe L.H.D. '91

Charles P. Stevenson, Jr. Professor in Languages and Literature, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

1990

The Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris S.T.D. '81

Suffragan Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

1989

Brian E. Urquhart P'89, L.H.D. '89

Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, the United Nations (1972-1986), Scholar-in-Residence, Ford Foundation

1988

Wendell L. Roelofs Sc.D. '88

Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Insect Biochemistry, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station

1987

Robert Peter Gale '66, L.H.D. '87

Professor of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles Medical School

1986

Warren Hunting Smith, Litt. D. '58

1985

Fred M. Rogers LL.D. '85

Host, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"

1984

Tillie Olsen L.H.D. '84

Author

1983

Margaret Mary Heckler LL.D. '83

Secretary of Health and Human Services

1982

Elie Wiesel L.H.D. '82

Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Boston University

1981

Christopher Lasch L.H.D. '81

Author and Educator

1980

Navarre Scott Momaday L.H.D. '80

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author and Educator and Scholar-in-Residence, Ford Foundation

1979

Edgar Lawrence Doctorow L.H.D. '79

Author and Editor

1978

George A. Plimpton L.H.D. '78

Editor, Author, and Literary Critic

1977

Bella S. Abzug L.H.D. '77

Former Congresswoman, 20th Congressional District, New York, NY

1976

Andrew Hacker

Professor of Political Science, Queens College, City University of New York, New York, NY

1975

Ben J. Wattenberg '55, LL.D. '75

Co-Founder & Co-Chairman, Coalition for a Democratic Majority

R. Buckminster Fuller L.H.D. '75

American Inventor

1974

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. L.H.D. '74

Author & Distinguished Professor of Literature, City College, New York, NY

1973

The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburg S.T.D. '73

President of University of Notre Dame

1972

B.F. Skinner LL.D. '72

Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

1971

Huston Cummings Smith L.H.D. '71

Professor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

1970

Elizabeth Dungan Koontz L.H.D. '70

Director, Women's Bureau Wage and Labor Standards of Administration U.S. Department of Labor

1969

Louis Jefferson Long LL.D. '69

President Emeritus, Wells College, Aurora, NY

1968

Gardner Cowles LL.D. '68

Chairman of the Board, Editorial Chairman Cowles Communications, Inc.

1967

John Kenneth Galbraith LL.D. '67

Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

1966

Edward August Weeks L.H.D. '56

Editor (Ret.), The Atlantic Monthly

1965

Lee Hastings Bristol, Jr. L.H.D. '65

President, Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ

1964

J. Saunders Redding L.H.D. '64

Johnson Professor of Literature Hampton Institute, Hampton, VA

1963

Dr. James M. Godard LL.D. '63

Executive Director, Council of Protestant Colleges and Universities

1962

The Hon. John Davis Lodge LL.D. '62

Former Ambassador to Spain

1961

John Erik Jonsson Sc.D. '61

Chairman of the Board, Texas Instruments, Inc.

1960

Sir Leslie Knox Munro LL.D. '60

United Nations Special Representative on Hungary (Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1959

Lindsley Fiske Kimball LL.D. '59

Executive Vice-President, The Rockefeller Foundation (Phi Bette Kappa Address)

1958

James Wilson McRae Sc.D. '58

President, Sandia Corp. (Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1957

Roy E. Larsen L.H.D. '57

President, Time Inc. (Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1956

The Rev. William Grosvenor Pollard D.D. '56

Executive Director, Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies (Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1955

Harold E. Talbott LL.D. '55

Secretary of the Air Force (Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1954

Dr. William Sharp McCann LL.D. '54

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1953

Henry Bruere LL.D. '53

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1952

Cornelis Willem de Kiewiet L.H.D. '52

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1951

Percy Thomas Fenn, Jr. L.H.D. '51

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1950

Charles Allen Thomas LL.D. '50

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1949

Arthur John Vorwald Sc.D. '49

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1948

Herbert H. Lehman LL.D. '48

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1947

Edward Peck Curtis LL.D. '47

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1946

The Rt. Rev. John Insley Blair Larned LL.D. '46

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1945

Lieut. Daniel L. Evans, U.S.N.R. L.H.D. '45

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1944

The Rev. Alexander Thompson D.D. '44

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1943

The Hon. Francis Biddle LL.D. '43

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1942

Theodore Meyer Greene LL.D. '42

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1941

Dr. Clarence K. Streit L.H.D. '41

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1940

Comte Rene Doynel de Saint-Quetin LL.D. '40

Ambassador from the French Republic (Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1939

Thomas Mann L.H.D. '39

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1938

Clarence Addison Dykstra L.H.D. '38

President of the University of Wisconsin (Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1937

Frank Ernest Gannett LL.D. '37

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1936

Alan Valentine L.H.D. '36

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1935

1934

The Hon. James Wolcott Wadsworth LL.D. '34

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1933

Roland Sletor Morris, L.H.D. '33

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1932

1931

1930

1929

Franklin Delano Roosevelt L.H.D. '29

Governor of the State of New York (Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1928

1927

1926

Reverend Joseph Fort Newton L.H.D. '26

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1925

Samuel Paul Capen L.H.D. '25

Chancellor, University of Buffalo (Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1924

1923

Frank Thilly, PH.D., LL.D. '23

Professor of Philosophy, Cornell University (Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1922

The Hon. George Woodword Wickersham, LL.D.

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1921

Major General Charles Pelot Summerall, D.S.M.

Commander of the First Division U.S. Army (Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1920 (H)

William Miller Collier, LL.D. '22

President of George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

1919

1918 (WS)

Lewis Chase

Professor at Rochester University, Rochester, NY

1917

1916 (H)

Hon. John Lord O'Brian LL.D. '16

From Buffalo, NY

1915 (H)

Joseph French Johnson LL.D. '15

Dean of the School of Commerce, New York University, New York, NY

1914 (H)

Hon. George McAneny L.H.D. '14

President of the Board of Alderman of New York City

1913 (H)

Rev. Joseph Alexander Leighton LL.D. '13

Professor at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

1912 (H)

Frederick Winslow Taylor, M.E., LL.D. '12

From Philadelphia, PA

1911 (H)

Charles D. Hazen, Ph.D. L.H.D. '11

Professor at Smith College, Northampton, MA

1910 (H)

Henry Rutgers Marshall Sc.D. '10

From New York City, NY

1909 (H)

Dickinson Sergeant Miller Sc.D. '09

Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University

1908 (H)

Arthur Gordon Webster LL.D. '08

Professor of Physics at Clark University

1907 (H)

Robert Mark Wenley L.H.D. '08

Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan

1906 (H)

Frank Engs Blackwell A.M., '66

of New York

1905 (H)

Professor Edward Everett Hale Jr., Ph. D.

Union College, Schenectady, NY

1904 (H)

Professor George William Knox LL.D. '04

Union Theological Seminary, New York

1903 (H)

Isaac Sharpless L.H.D. '03

Haverford College

1902 (H)

Hon. Frank Warren Hackett

Washington, D.C.

1901 (H)

Talcott Williams, L.H.D. '01, LL.D. '13

From Philadelphia, Pa.

1900 (H)

John Jay Chapman L.H.D. '00

From New York

1899 (H)

Rev. William Reed Huntington L.H.D. '99

Rector of Grace Church, New York

1898 (H)

Hon. Edward Patterson LL.D. '98

Justice of the Supreme Court, New York

1897 (H)

Rev. Nelson Somerville Rulison

Vice-Chancellor, Central Pennsylvania

1896 (H)

Rev. William Bayard Hale, M.A.

Middleboro, Mass.

1895 (H)

Rev. Bishop

From New York

1894 (H)

Rev. A.C. Coxe, LL.D.

Bishop of Western New York

1894 (H)

Rev. M.N. Gilbert

Asst. Bishop of Minnesota

1893 (H)

Rev. John Williams LL.D. '70

(Chancellor's Address)

1892 (H)

Rev. Thomas Underwood Dudley

Bishop of Kentucky (Chancellor's Address)

1891 (H)

Rev. Thomas March Clark

Bishop of Rhode Island (Chancellor's Address)

1890 (H)

Rev. William Croswell Doane LL.D. '90, S.T.D. '90

(Chancellor's Address)

1889 (H)

Chancellor's Address

1888 (H)

1887 (H)

1886 (H)

1885 (H)

Hon. E. O. Graves, M.A.

Washington, D.C.

 

 

Connect

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

Campus Map
Contact the Colleges

FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubelinkedin

Quicklinks

Home
Search
Offices and Resources
Campus Directory
Webmail

make a gift

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.