Commencement Speakers Announced: Arkansas State, Ashland, Butler CC, Clarion, Kettering, LaGuardia CC, Lehigh, Lynn, Macalester, Marist, Niagara, Oberlin, U Maryland Baltimore County, U Massachusetts Dartmouth

May 10, 2016

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

  • Arkansas State University: U.S. Senator John Boozman.
  • Ashland University: Hugh Hewitt, lawyer, law professor and broadcast journalist.
  • Butler Community College: Lynn Tincher-Ladner, president and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
  • Clarion University: Stephen Tweed, CEO of Leading Home Care.
  • Kettering University: Laura Sullivan, professor of mechanical engineering at the university.
  • LaGuardia Community College of City University of New York: Melinda Katz, Queens borough president.
  • Lehigh University: Joseph R. Perella, founding partner and chairman of Perella Weinberg Partners.
  • Lynn University: Lisa Gangel Kerney, an anchor at ESPN.
  • Macalester College: Danai Gurira, the actress and playwright; and Gary D. Hines, the music director and producer.
  • Marist College: Garry Trudeau, the “Doonesbury” cartoonist; and Michael O’Looney, a communications executive.
  • Niagara University: Bret Stephens, deputy editorial page editor for The Wall Street Journal; and others.
  • Oberlin College: Jessye Norman, the opera singer.
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County: Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard University.
  • University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth: Robert Pinsky, the former U.S. poet laureate, and others.


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