Commencement Speakers Announced: Art Academy of Cincinnati, Georgian Court, Harrisburg, Kent State, Marlboro, Maryville, Mississippi College, Northwood, Roanoke, San Jacinto, Soka, Southern New Hampshire, U Arkansas Fayetteville, U Maine Farmington

April 20, 2017
  • Art Academy of Cincinnati: Mitchell Sutika Sipus, a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow.
  • Georgian Court University: Adam Lowy, founder and executive director of Move for Hunger; and the Reverend Richard Rohr, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation.
  • Harrisburg University of Science and Technology: Kumar Garg, a senior fellow at the Society for Science & the Public.
  • Kent State University: Octavia Spencer, the Academy Award-winning actress.
  • Marlboro College: U.S. Representative Peter Welch.
  • Maryville University: Bill Bradley, the former U.S. senator.
  • Mississippi College: Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant.
  • Northwood University: Sandy Schwartz, president of Cox Automotive; and Mark Scarpelli, chair of the National Automobile Dealers Association.
  • Roanoke College: Bishop James Mauney, the retiring bishop of the Virginia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
  • San Jacinto College: Lonnie Howard, president of Lamar Institute of Technology.
  • Soka University of America: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, co-director of the doctoral program in positive developmental psychology at Claremont Graduate University.
  • Southern New Hampshire University: Virginia Prescott, host of the New Hampshire Public Radio show Word of Mouth; and others.
  • University of Arkansas at Fayetteville: Becca Stevens, founder and president of Thistle Farms.
  • University of Maine at Farmington: Louis D. Sell, a retired Foreign Service officer.


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