Commencement Speakers Announced: Carroll, Central State, Delaware Art and Design, DePaul, Furman, Hampden-Sydney, Manhattan, Randolph, RISD, Sarah Lawrence College, Union, U Washington, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Wash U

April 8, 2019
  • Carroll University, in Wisconsin: Milwaukee police chief Alfonso Morales.
  • Central State University: Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, a pastor, social justice advocate, author and former president of the North Carolina Chapter of the NAACP.
  • Delaware College of Art and Design: Catherine Quillman, the artist and writer.
  • DePaul University: Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; and others.
  • Furman University: Eleanor Beardsley, international correspondent for National Public Radio.
  • Hampden-Sydney College: David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-executive chairman of the Carlyle Group.
  • Manhattan College: Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Randolph College: Richmond, Va., mayor Levar M. Stoney.
  • Rhode Island School of Design: Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative.
  • Sarah Lawrence College: Maggie Haberman, White House reporter for The New York Times.
  • Union College, in New York: Susan Zirinsky, president and senior executive producer of CBS News.
  • University of Washington: Rick Welts, president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors.
  • Virginia Tech: Frank Beamer, the retired football coach at the university.
  • Wake Forest University: Frederick J. Ryan Jr., publisher and chief executive officer of The Washington Post.
  • Washington University in St. Louis: Michael R. Bloomberg, the philanthropist and former mayor of New York City.


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