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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