New England Commencements …
University of Connecticut schools and colleges will hold separate commencements on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8. Speakers include: National Science Foundation Director France A. Córdova, School of Engineering; screenwriter Oliver Stone, Graduate School; Judge Christopher F. Droney, School of Law; commentator Charles Osgood, Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine; New York Life President John Kim, School of Business; translator and editor Peter Constantine, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Connecticut Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell, Neag School of Education; National Institution of Nursing Research executive Marguerite Littleton Kearney, School of Nursing; Arethusa Farms owners George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis, College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources; and National Endowment for the Arts chair Jane Chu, School of Fine Arts. For more details, visit here.
Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will keynote Maine Maritime Academy’s commencement on Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the first time in its 151-year history, will host two commencement exercises this May. France A. Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation, will deliver the graduate commencement address on Thursday, May 12 at 5 p.m. on the Quadrangle. Reshma Saujani, founder and president of Girls Who Code, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address on Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m., also on the Quadrangle.
Artist Matthew Ritchie will address Montserrat College of Art’s 2016 graduates on Friday, May 13 at 10 a.m. at the Cabot Theatre in Beverly, Mass.
Baystate Health President and CEO Mark Keroack will keynote Springfield College 2016 graduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14 at 9:30 a.m. on the college’s Naismith Green. Timothy Shriver, chair of the Special Olympics, will address the college’s undergraduate ceremony on Sunday, May 15 at 9:30 a.m., at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.
Human rights champion Joia Mukherjee, the chief medical officer for Partners In Health, will keynote Mount Holyoke College’s 179th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. in the Gettell Amphitheater.
Merrimack College will hold its commencement weekend May 20 to May 22. Barbara Pierce Bush, founder of Global Health Corps, will address Merrimack’s graduate commencement on Friday, May 20 at 6 p.m. in Lawler Arena. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will address Merrimack undergraduates on Sunday, May 22, at 10 a.m., also in Lawler Arena.
Barbara A. Wilson, a 1980 alumna of Fitchburg State and the co-founder and president of Wilson Language Training, will deliver the address at her alma mater’s undergraduate commencement exercises on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. on the main quadrangle.
Legal Seafoods CEO Roger Berkowitz will keynote the New England College of Business and Finance commencement on May 21 at 2 p.m. at the Hancock Events Center.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will keynote the University of Rhode Island’s 130th undergraduate commencement on Sunday, May 22 at 12:30 p.m.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz, a Boston College alumnus, will address his alma mater’s 140th commencement on Monday, May 23 at 10 a.m. in Alumni Stadium.
Van Jones, an environmental and human rights activist and CNN political contributor, will deliver the 2016 Middlebury College commencement address on Sunday, May 29 at 10 a.m. on the main quadrangle.
Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, who worked to build a nonviolent interfaith women’s movement in Liberia, will deliver the main address at Dartmouth’s 2016 commencement exercises on Sunday, June 12 at 9:30 a.m. on the Green.