Commencement Speakers Announced: College of Lake County, Lake Forest, Maharishi U, Messiah, North Carolina A&T, Ohio State, Rivier, Roanoke, Rose-Hulman, SUNY Geneseo, UNC Asheville, Wilson

April 4, 2016

The following colleges have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2016:

  • College of Lake County: James Ryan, chairman, president and CEO of W. W. Grainger Inc.
  • Lake Forest College: David Axelrod, former White House senior adviser to President Obama and founding director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago.
  • Maharishi University of Management: David Lynch, the filmmaker.
  • Messiah College: Peter Greer, president and CEO of Hope International.
  • North Carolina A&T University: Anthony Foxx, the U.S. secretary of transportation.
  • Ohio State University: Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.
  • Rivier University: Frederick H. Kocher, president of Kocher & Co. Inc. and past president of the New Hampshire High Technology Council.
  • Roanoke College: Michael Rhodin, senior vice president of Watson Business Development for IBM.
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology: Patrick J. Noyes, president and CEO of Grenadier Energy Partners.
  • State University of New York at Geneseo: Liz Allen, White House deputy communications director.
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville: Virgil L. Smith, former publisher of The Asheville Citizen-Times.
  • Wilson College: A’Lelia Bundles, the author and journalist.


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