Commencement Speakers Announced: Alma, Bemidji State, Bethany (W.V.), Camden County, Dominican, Eastern Kentucky, Franklin & Marshall, Fresno Pacific, Ohio Northern, Rose-Hulman, U. of Arts, U. Texas-Arlington, U. Washington-Bothell, Westminster (Utah)

April 23, 2013

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

  • Alma College: John Dau, a genocide survivor who now leads efforts to provide medical assistance to people in Sudan.
  • Bemidji State University: U.S. Marine Corps Lt. General Thomas Waldhauser, senior military assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
  • Bethany College, in West Virginia: Ralph Baxter, partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
  • Camden County College: Rutgers University–Camden Chancellor Wendell E. Pritchett.
  • Dominican University of California: Dana King, artist and former anchor for CBS-5 television in San Francisco.
  • Eastern Kentucky University: First Lady Michelle Obama; Charles Wethington, former president of the University of Kentucky, and Silas House, the author.
  • Franklin & Marshall College: Melanne S. Verveer, the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women's issues.
  • Fresno Pacific University: Stephen Varvis, the university’s provost.
  • Ohio Northern University: Robert Manning, Mars Exploration Program chief engineer, and U.S. Representative Tom Reed of New York.
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology: G. Felda Hardymon, a partner with Bessemer Venture Partners.
  • University of the Arts: Douglas Carter Beane, the playwright and screenwriter.
  • University of Texas at Arlington: Kal Penn, the actor and political activist.
  • University of Washington at Bothell: Oscar Arias, the former president of Costa Rica.
  • Westminster College, in Utah: Robert Redford, the actor and environmental activist.


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