April 16, 2012
The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2012:
- College of Westchester: Geneive Brown Metzger, formally Jamaica's counsel general in New York City.
- Dillard University: Hill Harper, the actor.
- Hampden-Sydney College: Verne Lundquist, the sports commentator.
- Miami University in Ohio: A.R. Rahman, the composer and musician.
- Michigan State University: Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, and Subra Suresh, director of the National Science Foundation.
- Robert Morris University: Saleem Ghubril, executive director of the Pittsburgh Promise.
- Saint Leo University: Peter P. Smith, senior vice president of academic strategies and development for Kaplan Higher Education; and Jennifer Carroll, lieutenant governor of Florida.
- St. John’s College in Annapolis: Salvatore Scibona, the novelist.
- St. John’s College in Santa Fe: Robert J. Bienenfeld, senior manager of the Environment & Energy Strategy Product Regulatory Office of the American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
- St. Lawrence University: Garry Trudeau, the creator of "Doonesbury," and Mary DiSanto-Rose, a Skidmore College dance professor.
- Trinity University (Texas): Joe Armstrong, former publisher and president of Rolling Stone.
- University of Maine at Machias: Joyce Hedlund, retiring president of Washington County Community College.
- University of the Pacific: Theodore B. Olson, one of the lead lawyers seeking to overturn California's ban on gay marriage.
- Warren Wilson College: Janis Ian, the singer and song-writer.
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