Commencement speakers

University of Michigan students displeased there's no graduation speaker

Some students at the University of Michigan are unhappy that the administration is eschewing tradition by not booking a central graduation speaker, instead focusing on the institution's bicentennial.

Notre Dame, known for commencement speeches by new presidents, invites Pence

University typically invites first-year presidents to give commencement address. Amid debate over whether to invite current president, vice president gets the nod, with praise for his “reserved dignity.”

Bradley University forgoes guest commencement speakers

Bradley U announces it will no longer have outside commencement speakers. Leaders hope to avoid controversy, cut costs and keep everyone awake.

Colleges stay away from controversy with this year's commencement speakers

Colleges whose commencement speaker picks drew protests last year have opted to invite less controversial figures for this year's ceremonies.

Matthew McConaughey's pricey commencement speaker fee 'not out of the norm'

News of what the University of Houston will pay the actor Matthew McConaughey renews the debate about the expense of celebrities at graduation.

Substitute commencement speakers say everyone lose out in protests

Stepping into the breach for college commencement speakers sidelined by protests, retired university leaders defend importance of debate -- and one calls protesters "immature" and "arrogant."

Colleges announce commencement speakers

  • Frostburg State University: Ricky Arnold, the astronaut.
  • Harper College, in Illinois: Martha Kanter, executive director of the College Promise Campaign.
  • Merrimack College: Jeff Selingo, the author and journalist.
  • Providence College: Steve Pemberton, chief human resources officer at Workhuman.
  • University of Dubuque: Mark Ward, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.

Colleges announce commencement speakers

  • Agnes Scott College: Jordan Casteel, the artist.
  • Beloit College: Ruth Hamilton, a lawyer at the Criminal Defense Practice at the Bronx Defenders.
  • Grinnell College: Amy Tan, the author.
  • Kalamazoo College: Ken Elzinga, the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia.

Colleges announce commencement speakers

  • Bloomfield College: Ras J. Baraka, the mayor of Newark, N.J.; and Margaret H. Marshall, the chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Colleges announce commencement speakers

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