Commencement Speakers Announced: Berry, Centenary, DePaul, Knox, Maryville, Mount Wachusett CC, North Carolina Central, Saint Peter's, U. of Massachusetts Boston, U. of Puget Sound, Utica, Virginia Tech, Western Connecticut State

April 14, 2015

The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2015:

  • Berry College: Lee Walburn, an editor and columnist.
  • Centenary College, in Louisiana: Jay B. Varkey, one of five Emory University infectious disease physicians who treated the first two patients with the Ebola virus in the United States.
  • DePaul University: Public relations innovator Richard Edelman and humanitarian activist Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe are among a list of seven commencement speakers.
  • Knox College: Bill Whitaker, a 60 Minutes correspondent.
  • Maryville College: W. Neal McBrayer, a judge for the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
  • Mount Wachusett Community College: Kevin Berg, an executive at CBS.
  • North Carolina Central University: Arne Duncan, U.S. secretary of education.
  • Saint Peter's University: Cornell W. Brooks, president of the NAACP
  • University of Massachusetts at Boston: Regina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • University of Puget Sound: Carrie Hessler-Radelet, director of the Peace Corps.
  • Utica College: Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and co-anchor of PBS NewsHour with Glen Ifill and Judy Woodruff.
  • Virginia Tech: Eric Schmidt, Google executive chairman.
  • Western Connecticut State University: Former Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell.


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