Commencement Speakers Announced: Central Connecticut, Columbus Art, Grad Center-CUNY, La Salle, Lesley, Mass. Psychology, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC, NYIT, Skidmore, Tai Sophia, York-CUNY

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

May 18, 2011

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

  • Central Connecticut State University: Leszek Balcerowicz, professor of economics at the Warsaw School of Economics and former deputy prime minister and minister of finance of Poland; and Michael Meotti, Connecticut’s commissioner of higher education.
  • Columbus College of Art & Design: Mike Altman, a technical director in modeling and articulation on "Toy Story 3."
  • Graduate Center of City University of New York: Michelle Fine, distinguished professor of social psychology, women's studies, and urban education at the Graduate Center.
  • La Salle University: Timothy Shriver, chairman and CEO of Special Olympics.
  • Lesley University: Judith Lewis Herman, clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of Trauma and Recovery; and Jon Kabat-Zinn, professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Massachusetts and founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
  • Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology: Thomas G. Kelley, former secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services.
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College: Rod Risley, executive director of Phi Theta Kappa.
  • New York Institute of Technology: Edward Guiliano, president of the university.
  • Skidmore College: Erica Bastress-Dukehart, associate professor of history at the college.
  • Tai Sophia Institute: Charles Eisenstein, a faculty member at Goddard College and author of The Yoga of Eating and The Ascent of Humanity.
  • York College of City University of New York: Aprille Ericsson, an aerospace engineer at National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


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