May 9, 2012
The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2012:
- Arcadia University: Patricia Hill Collins, Distinguished University Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland at College Park, and Fred de Sam Lazaro, a PBS correspondent.
- Bentley University: Larry Lucchino, president/CEO of the Boston Red Sox, and Ming Tsai, the chef.
- College of New Rochelle: Carla Harris, a managing director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management.
- Daniel Webster College: Retired Rear Admiral Jan Cody Gaudio.
- Juniata College: James Madara, chief executive officer of the American Medical Association.
- Manhattan College: Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York and John Esposito, retired president and CEO of Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.
- Mount Saint Mary College, in New York: Elizabeth Ailes, publisher of The Putnam County News & Recorder and The Putnam County Courier.
- National Hispanic University: Deborah A. Santiago, co-founder and vice president for policy and research at Excelencia in Education.
- Northwestern College (Iowa): Laura Jacobson, a lawyer for the St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance, in Houston.
- Nyack College: Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, and Michael Louis, chairman of hotels, vineyards and strategic Initiatives for the Louis Group International of South Africa.
- Paul Smith's College: Joan H. Weill, a philanthropist who is former chair of the college's board.
- Pratt Institute: Santiago Calatrava, the architect, engineer and artist.
- Salt Lake Community College: Abby Wambach, the soccer player.
- Western New England University: Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History.
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