May 12, 2016
The following colleges have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2016:
- Community College of Vermont: Mark Redmond, executive director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services.
- Eastern Washington University: Washington Governor Jay Inslee; and Jess Walter, the author.
- Grinnell College: Zadie Smith, the novelist.
- Grove City College: Ben Carson, the former medical professor at Johns Hopkins University and the former presidential candidate.
- Kalamazoo College: Gay McDougall, international human rights lawyer, activist and scholar; and Bonnie Jo Campbell, the author.
- Lehman College of City University of New York: Billy Collins, the former U.S. poet laureate who is also a distinguished professor of English at Lehman.
- Queens College of City University of New York: Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation.
- Reed College: Laleh Khadivi, the novelist.
- Salve Regina University: Barry Black, chaplain of the Senate.
- School of Visual Arts: Carrie Mae Weems, the photographer.
- University of Massachusetts at Lowell: Judy Woodruff, co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour; and Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops conductor.
- University of Washington: Sally Jewell, U.S. secretary of the interior.
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