Commencement Speakers Announced: Barnard, Bates, Cape Cod CC, Centenary, Daemen, Gettysburg, Linfield, Rocky Vista, Rosemont, Simon's Rock, Springfield, St. John Fisher, SUNY New Paltz, Susquehanna, Tufts, U New Orleans

April 4, 2019
  • Barnard College: Viola Davis, the actress.
  • Bates College: Jennifer Doudna, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who is the co-inventor of the gene-editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9.
  • Cape Cod Community College: John Silvanus Wilson Jr., senior adviser and strategist to the president at Harvard University and formerly president of Morehouse College.
  • Centenary College of Louisiana: John T. Edge, the writer.
  • Daemen College: Autry O. V. DeBusk, owner and chairman of DeRoyal Industries Inc.; and Catherine LePage Campbell, CEO of Envolve Maryland.
  • Gettysburg College: Jerry Spinelli, the author.
  • Linfield College: Oregon Supreme Court justice Adrienne Nelson.
  • Rocky Vista University: Scott Ellner, group president for physician alignment at Centura Health.
  • Rosemont College: Reverend James Martin, editor at large of the Jesuit magazine America.
  • Simon's Rock of Bard College: Jamaica Kincaid, the author
  • Springfield College: Jon Meacham, the historian; and Massachusetts lieutenant governor Karyn Polito.
  • St. John Fisher College, in New York: William G. Clark, outgoing president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Rochester.
  • State University of New York at New Paltz: Jane Delgado, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health; and Nina Smiley, director of mindfulness programming at Mohonk Mountain House.
  • Susquehanna University: Azar Nafisi, the author.
  • Tufts University: Alfre Woodard, the actress.
  • University of New Orleans: Sheba Turk, co-anchor of WWL-TV's Eyewitness Morning News.


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