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

  • California State University, Stanislaus: Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, and others.
  • Ithaca College: Daniel Weiss, president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Kettering University: Latondra Newton, senior vice president and chief diversity officer of the Walt Disney Company.
  • LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York: Shaun King, the journalist and activist.
  • Maryland University of Integrative Health: Rovenia Brock, nutritionist and author.

Colleges announce commencement speakers

  • George Washington University: Marcia McNutt, president of National Academy of Sciences.
  • Johnson & Wales University: Laura Freid, president of the Maine College of Art, and others.
  • Morton College: Doug Bruno, head women's basketball coach at DePaul University.


Colleges announce commencement speakers

Colleges announce commencement speakers

  • Bellarmine University: Susan M. Cameron, former CEO of Reynolds American.
  • Bennington College: Liz Lerman, the choreographer.
  • Berkshire Community College: Jay Ash, Massachusetts secretary of housing and economic development.


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