Commencement Speakers Announced: Bentley, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Felician, Georgia Tech, Hudson County CC, Mesa CC, St. Ambrose, Stevens Tech, Suffolk, Thomas Aquinas, U of Illinois Chicago, West Virginia Wesleyan

May 5, 2015

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

  • Bentley University: Scott A. Blackmun, chief executive officer of the United States Olympic Committee; and Laura Sen, president and chief executive officer of BJ’s Wholesale Club.
  • California State University at Dominguez Hills: Forest Whitaker, the actor; and others.
  • Felician College: David Kastan, the George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology: G. Wayne Clough, president emeritus of the university; and General Philip M. Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander for Europe.
  • Hudson County Community College, in New Jersey: Nicole Sardinas, director of nursing education at Jersey City Medical Center Barnabas Health.
  • Mesa Community College: Deborah Bateman, vice chair of the board of National Bank of Arizona.
  • St. Ambrose University: Haley Scott DeMaria, a swimmer who returned to competition following a severe spinal cord injury.
  • Stevens Institute of Technology: Kevin Mandia, president of FireEye Inc.
  • Suffolk University: Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts; and others.
  • Thomas Aquinas College: Sister Regina Marie Gorman, the vicar general of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles.
  • University of Illinois at Chicago: Maria Hinojosa, the television journalist; Victor Dzau, president of the Institute of Medicine; and others.
  • West Virginia Wesleyan College: Thomas B. Courtice, a former president of the college who is senior consultant for AGB Search of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.


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