Commencement Speakers Announced: Berea, Concordia, Dominican, Iona, Manchester, Manhattan, Maryville, Northeastern, Saint John's, St. Ambrose, U. of Southern Maine, WPI

May 3, 2013

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

  • Berea College: Peter J. O’Connor, the civil rights activist.
  • Concordia College, in New York: Shephard W. Hill, president of Boeing International.
  • Dominican University, in Illinois: Christopher Kennedy, former president of Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., and chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc., the investment firm of the Kennedy family.
  • Iona College: Lieut. Andrew Kinard, an Iraq War veteran.
  • Manchester University: Sarah Kurtz, a principal scientist and reliability group manager for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
  • Manhattan College: Bernard P. Pierorazio, superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools.
  • Maryville College: John C. Thornton, founder and CEO of Thunder Enterprises.
  • Northeastern University: Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank.
  • Saint John's University, in Minnesota: The Rev. Dennis Dease, retiring president of the University of St. Thomas.
  • St. Ambrose University, in Iowa: Sister Barbara Moore, a founding member of the National Black Sisters Conference.
  • University of Southern Maine: Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, and Mary G.F. Bitterman, president of the Bernard Osher Foundation.
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Eric Lander, president and founding director of the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.



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