Commencement Speakers Announced: Arcadia, College of Idaho, Hampden-Sydney, Hood, Linfield, Manhattan, Misericordia, Saint Mary's (Ind.), St. Mary's (Md.), U. of Tennessee at Martin, Washington College

April 9, 2013

The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2013:

  • Arcadia University: Trudy Rubin, foreign affairs columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Elaine Thompson, president and CEO of Lakeland Regional Health Systems in Lakeland, Fla.
  • College of Idaho: Alan Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University.
  • Hampden-Sydney College: Eric T. Olson, a retired U.S. Navy admiral.
  • Hood College:  Tony Mendez, retired Central Intelligence Agency technical operations officer, who oversaw the “Canadian caper” plan to liberate 6 American diplomats from Iran.
  • Linfield College: Theresa Betancourt, who directs the Research Program on Children and Global Adversity at Harvard University.
  • Manhattan College: Charles H. Thornton, chairman of Charles H. Thornton & Company, a management and strategic consulting firm,
  • Misericordia University: Carl Bernstein, the journalist and author.
  • Saint Mary's College, in Indiana: Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new books to children in need.
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland: Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.
  • University of Tennessee at Martin: Richard G. Rhoda, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
  • Washington College: Ed Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania.



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