Commencement Speakers Announced: American, Baton Rouge CC, Davidson County CC, Dillard, Illinois Institute of Technology, Lyndon State, St. Mary's (Md.), Thomas, U of California at San Diego, U of Puget Sound, Virginia Tech, Willamette, Wofford

April 21, 2016

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

  • American University: Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. attorney general; and others.
  • Baton Rouge Community College: W. Dennis Epps, senior vice president for workforce solutions of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.
  • Davidson County Community College: U.S. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina.
  • Dillard University: Terrence “J” Jenkins, the actor, author and philanthropist. (This corrects an earlier post with the incorrect speaker.)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology: Chris Gladwin, founder of Cleversafe.
  • Lyndon State College: Naila Baloch, associate chaplain at Middlebury College’s Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life.
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland: Kojo Nnamdi, the radio host.
  • Thomas College: Lawrence J. Sterrs, former chief executive officer of UniTek and its telecom subsidiary, UniTel Inc.
  • University of California at San Diego: Muhammad Yunus, founder of the global microfinance movement and Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
  • University of Puget Sound: U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer of Washington State.
  • Virginia Tech: Mona Hanna-Attisha and Marc Edwards, two professors who helped expose the dangers in the water supply of Flint, Mich.
  • Willamette University: Governor Kate Brown of Oregon; and others.
  • Wofford College: Paige West, a professor of anthropology at Columbia University and chair of anthropology at Barnard College.



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