Commencement Speakers Announced: College of Westchester, Dillard, Hampden-Sydney, Miami U., Michigan State, Robert Morris, Saint Leo, St. John's, St. Lawrence, Trinity, U. of Maine at Machias, U. of the Pacific, Warren Wilson

April 16, 2012

The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2012:

  • College of Westchester: Geneive Brown Metzger, formally Jamaica's counsel general in New York City.
  • Dillard University: Hill Harper, the actor.
  • Hampden-Sydney College: Verne Lundquist, the sports commentator.
  • Miami University in Ohio: A.R. Rahman, the composer and musician.
  • Michigan State University: Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, and Subra Suresh, director of the National Science Foundation.
  • Robert Morris University: Saleem Ghubril, executive director of the Pittsburgh Promise.
  • Saint Leo University: Peter P. Smith, senior vice president of academic strategies and development for Kaplan Higher Education; and Jennifer Carroll, lieutenant governor of Florida.
  • St. John’s College in Annapolis: Salvatore Scibona, the novelist.
  • St. John’s College in Santa Fe: Robert J. Bienenfeld, senior manager of the Environment & Energy Strategy Product Regulatory Office of the American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
  • St. Lawrence University: Garry Trudeau, the creator of "Doonesbury," and Mary DiSanto-Rose, a Skidmore College dance professor.
  • Trinity University (Texas): Joe Armstrong, former publisher and president of Rolling Stone.
  • University of Maine at Machias: Joyce Hedlund, retiring president of Washington County Community College.
  • University of the Pacific: Theodore B. Olson, one of the lead lawyers seeking to overturn California's ban on gay marriage.
  • Warren Wilson College: Janis Ian, the singer and song-writer.



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