Commencement Speakers Announced: Augustana, City U. Graduate Center, College of Saint Rose, Marist, Maryville, Monmouth, New York School of Interior Design, Rosalind Franklin, Saint Mary's, Southern Polytechnic, U. of the Arts, Western Illinois

May 11, 2012

The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2012:

  • Augustana College: Philip William McKinley, director of the Broadway show SPIDER-MAN: Turn off the Dark.
  • City University of New York Graduate Center: Janet Gornick, professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center.
  • College of Saint Rose: R. Mark Sullivan, who is ending a 16-year tenure as president of the college.
  • Marist College: Chuck Todd, NBC News chief White House correspondent; Lynn Bassanese, acting director of the FDR Library.
  • Maryville College: Delores Bowen Ziegler, the mezzo-soprano.
  • Monmouth University: Mark Emmert, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
  • New York School of Interior Design: Amy Lau, the interior designer.
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science:  Richard Trainor, principal and president of King’s College London.
  • Saint Mary's College of California: Tom Meschery, a poet and former basketball player and coach; and Jim Fruchterman, CEO and founder of the nonprofit Benetech, which uses technology to address social needs.
  • Southern Polytechnic State University: David Connell, president and CEO of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.
  • University of the Arts: Neil Gaiman, the author and graphic novelist.
  • Western Illinois University: Jack Thomas, president of the university.


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