Commencement Speakers Announced: Berea, Case Western, Eureka, Furman, Kennesaw State, LeTourneau, Mills, Mount St. Mary’s, Owensboro Community Tech, Palm Beach Atlantic, Skidmore, Texas A&M, Truman State, U. of Arts, U. of Findlay

May 5, 2014

The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2014:

  • Berea College: bell hooks, the author, and Silas House, the novelist.
  • Case Western Reserve University: Mohamed ibn Chambas, joint chief mediator overseeing the Darfur peace negotiations for the African Union and United Nations.
  • Eureka College: Sister Judith Ann Duvall, chairperson of the OSF Healthcare System Board of Directors.
  • Furman University: Carl Kohrt, interim president of the university.
  • Kennesaw State University: Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal and others.
  • LeTourneau University: Robert D. Lawler, president and CEO of Chesapeake Energy.
  • Mills College: Daljit Bains, chief compliance officer at the Peace Corps.
  • Mount St. Mary's College, in California: Maryann Cusimano Love, adviser to the U.S. Department of State and associate professor of international relations at Catholic University of America.
  • Owensboro Community and Technical College: Jill Biden, a community college professor and wife of the vice president.
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University: Florida State Senator Joe Negron.
  • Skidmore College: Neil Shubin, the evolutionary biologist and author, and Janet Lucas Whitman, a trustee emerita of the college.
  • Texas A&M University: Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.
  • Truman State University: N. Katherine Hayles, professor of literature and director of graduate studies at Duke University.
  • University of the Arts: Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
  • University of Findlay: Darin E. Fields, the university's vice president for academic affairs, and Jeanne Kelly, founder and executive director of Encore Creativity for Older Adults.


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