Commencement Speakers Announced: Becker, Darton, Graceland, LaGrange, Nova Southeastern, Old Dominion, Paul Smith's, RISD, Saint Michael's, U. of Arkansas Pine Bluff, Wesleyan, West Chester

The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2011:

April 27, 2011

The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2011:

  • Becker College: Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts.
  • Darton College: Rod Risley, executive director of Phi Theta Kappa.
  • Graceland University: U.S. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa.
  • LaGrange College: Bo Callaway, former U.S. representative from Georgia and former U.S. secretary of the Army.
  • Nova Southeastern University: Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey, an anthropologist who is the first female fellow and Polynesian explorer in the history of the National Geographic Society.
  • Old Dominion University: U.S. Senator Jim Webb of Virginia; Blythe J. McGarvie, CEO and founder of Leadership for International Finance; and Adriane M. Brown, president and COO of Intellectual Ventures.
  • Paul Smith's College: David A. Paterson, former governor of New York State.
  • Rhode Island School of Design: Bill Moggridge, director of the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.
  • Saint Michael's College: James H. Wall, global managing director of human resources at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff: B. Alan Sugg, president of the University of Arkansas System.
  • Wesleyan College: Janice Mays, Democratic chief counsel and chief tax counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means.
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania: Mehmet Oz, the cardiothoracic surgeon.

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