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PAST COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS SPEAKERS

Year

Speaker

Information

2013

James Carville 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

Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service

2010

Daniel R. Glickman

President of Refugees International

2009

Carol M. Browner

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

PBS Senior Correspondent

2007

Albert R. Hunt

Washington Executive Editor for Bloomberg News

2006

John Carlton King

Chief of National Correspondant for CNN

2005

Margaret Jane (Dee Dee) Myers

Political Analyist and former White House Press Secretary

2004

Chris Matthews

Host, MSNBC's "Hardball"

2003

Andrea Mitchell

Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News

2002

Mark Shields

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

2001

Gwen Ifill

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

2000

Hon. Richard C. Holbrooke

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

1999

Marvin Bram

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

1998

Gloria Steinem

American Feminist, Journalist, Author

1997

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

CBS News Correspondent

1996

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

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

1995

Hunter R. Rawlings III

President, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

1994

Priscilla A. Schaffer '64

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

1993

Eric M. A. Lax '66

Author

1992

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

United States Senator, NY

1991

Chinua Achebe

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

1990

The Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris

Suffragan Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

1989

Brian E. Urquhart

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

1988

Wendell L. Roelofs

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

1987

Robert Peter Gale

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

1986

Warren Hunting Smith, Litt. D. '58

1985

Fred M. Rogers

Host, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"

1984

Tillie Olsen

Author

1983

Margaret Mary Heckler

Secretary of Health and Human Services

1982

Elie Wiesel

Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Boston University

1981

Christopher Lasch

Author and Educator

1980

Navarre Scott Momaday

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

1979

Edgar Lawrence Doctorow

Author and Editor

1978

George A. Plimpton

Editor, Author, and Literary Critic

1977

Bella S. Abzug

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

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

1974

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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

1973

The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburg

President of University of Notre Dame

1972

B.F. Skinner

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

1971

Huston Cummings Smith

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

1970

Elizabeth Dungan Koontz

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

1969

Louis Jefferson Long

President Emeritus, Wells College, Aurora, NY

1968

Gardner Cowles

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

1967

John Kenneth Galbraith

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

1966

Edward August Weeks Hon. '56

Editor (Ret.), The Atlantic Monthly

1965

Lee Hastings Bristol, Jr.

President, Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ

1964

J. Saunders Redding

Johnson Professor of Literature Hampton Institute, Hampton, VA

1963

Dr. James M. Godard Godard

Executive Director, Council of Protestant Colleges and Universities

1962

The Hon. John Davis Lodge

Former Ambassador to Spain

1961

John Erik Jonsson

Chairman of the Board, Texas Instruments, Inc.

1960

Sir Leslie Knox Munro

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

1959

Lindsley Fiske Kimball

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

1958

James Wilson McRae

President, Sandia Corp. (Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1957

Roy E. Larsen

President, Time Inc. (Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1956

The Rev. William Grosvenor Pollard

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

1955

Harold E. Talbott

Secretary of the Air Force (Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1954

Dr. William Sharp McCann

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1953

Henry Bruere

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1952

Cornelis Willem de Kiewiet

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1951

Percy Thomas Fenn, Jr.

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1950

Charles Allen Thomas

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1949

Arthur John Vorwald

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1948

Herbert H. Lehman

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1947

Edward Peck Curtis

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1946

The Rt. Rev. John Insley Blair Larned

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1945

Lieut. Daniel L. Evans, U.S.N.R.

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1944

The Rev. Alexander Thompson

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1943

The Hon. Francis Biddle

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1942

Theodore Meyer Greene

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1941

Dr. Clarence K. Streit

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1940

Comte Rene Doynel de Saint-Quetin

Ambassador from the French Republic (Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1939

Thomas Mann

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1938

Clarence Addison Dykstra

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

1937

Frank Ernest Gannett

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1936

Alan Valentine

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1935

1934

The Hon. James Wolcott Wadsworth

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1933

Roland Sletor Morris, LL.D.

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1932

1931

1930

1929

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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

1928

1927

1926

Reverend Joseph Fort Newton, D.D.

(Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1925

Samuel Paul Capen

Chancellor, University of Buffalo (Phi Beta Kappa Address)

1924

1923

Frank Thilly, PH.D., LL.D.

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, L.L.D.

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

From Buffalo, NY

1915 (H)

Joseph French Johnson, D.C.S.

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

1914 (H)

Hon. George McAneny

President of the Board of Alderman of New York City

1913 (H)

Rev. Joseph Alexander Leighton

Professor at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

1912 (H)

Frederick Winslow Taylor, M.E., Sc.D.

From Philadelphia, PA

1911 (H)

Charles D. Hazen, Ph.D.

Professor at Smith College, Northampton, MA

1910 (H)

Henry Rutgers Marshall, L.H.D.

From New York City, NY

1909 (H)

Dickinson Sergeant Miller

Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University

1908 (H)

Arthur Gordon Webster

Professor of Physics at Clark University

1907 (H)

Robert Mark Wenley L.L.D.

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

Union Theological Seminary, New York

1903 (H)

Isaac Sharpless LL.D.

Haverford College

1902 (H)

Hon. Frank Warren Hackett

Washington, D.C.

1901 (H)

Talcott Williams, LL.D.

From Philadelphia, Pa.

1900 (H)

John Jay Chapman

From New York

1899 (H)

Rev. William Reed Huntington

Rector of Grace Church, New York

1898 (H)

Hon. Edward Patterson

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.

(Chancellor's Address)

1892 (H)

Rev. Thomas Underwood Dudley

Bishop of Kentucky (Chancellor's Address)

1891 (H)

Rev. Thomas March Clark LL.D.

Bishop of Rhode Island (Chancellor's Address)

1890 (H)

Rev. William Croswell Doane LL.D.

(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.