Commencement Speakers Announced: Berea, Cedar Crest, Coast Guard, College of New Rochelle, Cornish, Emerson, Hampden-Sydney, Miami-Dade, Mills, Occidental, Point Park, Queens, Ramapo, SUNY Farmingdale, Touro Osteopathic Med, Willamette, Yeshiva

April 21, 2017
  • Berea College: U.S. Representative John Lewis; and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett of the United Methodist Church.
  • Cedar Crest College: Molly Barker, the founder of Girls on the Run.
  • Coast Guard Academy: President Trump.
  • College of New Rochelle: Debra L. Lee, CEO of Black Entertainment Television Networks.
  • Cornish College of the Arts: Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, director emerita of the Frye Art Museum.
  • Emerson College: Dennis Lehane, the novelist.
  • Hampden-Sydney College: Bret Stephens, columnist for The New York Times.
  • Miami-Dade College: Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and others.
  • Mills College: Lateefah Simon, president of the Akonadi Foundation.
  • Occidental College: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
  • Point Park University: Scott E. Schubert, chief of police in Pittsburgh.
  • Queens College of the City University of New York: U.S. Representative Grace Meng.
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey: Ron Cephas Jones, the actor.
  • State University of New York Farmingdale State College: Stanley M. Bergman, CEO of Henry Schein Inc.
  • Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine: Barbara Ross-Lee, vice president for health sciences and medical affairs at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Willamette University: Leonard Pitts Jr., the newspaper columnist and author.
  • Yeshiva University: Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States.


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