Commencement Speakers Announced: Augsburg, Foothill-De Anza, Hilbert, Johnson C. Smith, Lawrence, Lesley, Mount Ida, Northeastern Illinois, San Francisco State, Utica

May 3, 2010

The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers:

  • Augsburg College: Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
  • Foothill-De Anza Community College District: U.S. Secretary of Education (in separate addresses at the system's two campuses).
  • Hilbert College: Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.
  • Johnson C. Smith University: Condoleezza Rice, the former U.S. secretary of state.
  • Lawrence University: Thomas Steitz, 2009 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry and Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University.
  • Lesley University: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
  • Mount Ida College: Carol J. Matteson, who is retiring as president of the college.
  • Northeastern Illinois University: Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for civil rights, Department of Justice.
  • San Francisco State University: Lateefah Simon, the civil rights activist.
  • Utica College: Ray Suarez, a journalist with PBS.

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