Commencement Speakers Announced: Boston U, Buffalo State, Cheyney, Cooper Union, CUNY Professional Studies, Heritage, Loyola Chicago, Marian, Morris Brown, Northwestern (Iowa), Oakwood, Quinnipiac, Ripon, U of Hartford, U of Rio Grande

May 4, 2016

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

  • Boston University: Nina Tassler, former chair of CBS.
  • Buffalo State of the State University of New York: Kyle Bradstreet, writer and producer of Mr. Robot; and Catherine F. Collins, a New York State regent.
  • Cheyney University: Sheryl Lee Ralph, the actress.
  • Cooper Union: Denise Young Smith, vice president of worldwide human resources at Apple.
  • CUNY School of Professional Studies, Sonia Manzano, Emmy Award-winning actress, writer and author (Maria on Sesame Street).
  • Heritage University: Bonnie J. Dunbar, retired NASA astronaut.
  • Loyola University Chicago: Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, the neurosurgeon; Bill Plante, the journalist; and others.
  • Marian University, in Indiana: The Reverend Joseph W. Tobin, archbishop of Indianapolis.
  • Morris Brown College: U.S. Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman.
  • Northwestern College, in Iowa: The Reverend Jill Ver Steeg, of the denominational staff for the Reformed Church in America.
  • Oakwood University: General Dennis L. Via.
  • Quinnipiac University: Jahana Hayes, U.S. Teacher of the Year, and others.
  • Ripon College: Pia Sundhage, the former U.S. women’s national soccer team coach.
  • University of Hartford: Kennedy Owiti Odede, the co-founder of Shining Hope for Communities; and Donna Randall, chief executive officer of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California.
  • University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College: Megan Wise, Miss Ohio USA 2016.


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