Commencement Speakers Announced: Bates, College of Saint Benedict, Dillard, IUPUI, Nicholls State, Ohio State, Roberts Wesleyan, Saint John's (Minnesota), San Francisco State, Springfield, U of North Georgia, U of Pittsburgh, U of Redlands, Wells

April 18, 2017
  • Bates College: Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone.
  • College of Saint Benedict: Corie Barry, chief financial officer and an executive vice president at Best Buy.
  • Dillard University: Janelle Monáe, the singer and actress.
  • Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis: Tamika Catchings, the basketball player.
  • Nicholls State University: Jonathan Foret, Louisiana environmentalist and educator.
  • Ohio State University: Abigail Wexner, a lawyer and philanthropist.
  • Roberts Wesleyan College: Shirley V. Hoogstra, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
  • Saint John’s University, in Minnesota: Dan Whalen, president of the Whalen Family Foundation.
  • San Francisco State University: Neda Nobari, the Iranian-American philanthropist.
  • Springfield College: Richard H. Carmona, former U.S. surgeon general; and Massachusetts State Senator Gale D. Candaras.
  • University of North Georgia: State Senator Renee Unterman; Steve Vande Loo, founder and owner of Advanced Beverage Concepts; and others.
  • University of Pittsburgh: Larry J. Merlo, president and chief executive officer of CVS Health; and S. Epatha Merkerson, the actress.
  • University of Redlands: Michael Lin, superintendent, Corona-Norco Unified School District; Kevin Eubanks, the jazz and fusion guitarist; and Randy Walker, vice president of BC Technical.
  • Wells College: Pamela Lewis, founder and president of PLA Media in Nashville, Tenn.


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