Commencement Speakers Announced: Arcadia, Blackburn, Central Piedmont CC, Concordia, Duquesne, Fayetteville State, Pacific Oaks, Sacred Heart, South Dakota Mines, SUNY Oswego, Union Institute, Willamette

April 27, 2015

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

  • Arcadia University: Francis G. Vitetta, retired chairman and CEO of VITETTA; and Deogratias Niyizonkiza, founder and CEO of Village Health Works, in Burundi.
  • Blackburn College: Lois DeFleur, former president of the State University of New York at Binghamton.
  • Central Piedmont Community College: Jill Biden, a community college professor and the wife of Vice President Joe Biden.
  • Concordia College, in Minnesota: Walter Mondale, former vice president of the United States.
  • Duquesne University: The ambassador of Ireland to Germany, Michael Collins.
  • Fayetteville State University: Kenyata Wesley, acting director for the Office of Small Business Programs at the Department of Defense.
  • Pacific Oaks College: Holly E. Bruno, the author and radio host.
  • Sacred Heart University: Former U.S. Senator and Majority Leader George Mitchell; and Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times Company.
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology: Greg Graves, chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell.
  • State University of New York at Oswego: Margaret A. Focarino, commissioner for patents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Yvonne Spicer, a vice president of the National Center for Technological Literacy; and Fritz Messere, dean of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts.
  • Union Institute & University: La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation; and Dr. Barbara Gellman-Danley, president of the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Willamette University: Jane Lubchenco, the marine ecologist; U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; and Konrad "Chip" Kruger, university trustee and founder of Five Mile Capital.


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