From Noted Neurosurgeon to Newark, N.J. Mayor, More Grad Speakers Announced

Neurosurgeon Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine will keynote Southern Vermont College’s 84th commencement on Saturday, May 7, at 1 p.m. Ethiopian-born, Swedish raised, award-winning chef and food activist Marcus Samuelsson will also address graduates.

Oscar-nominated screenwriter and scholar of communications ethics Richard LaGravenese will keynote Emerson College’s 131st commencement exercises on Monday, May 16, at 11 a.m., at Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. Clifford Christians, professor emeritus in the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and former director of the university’s Institute of Communications Research, will address the graduate ceremony at 3 pm.

Frank G. Cousins Jr., sheriff of Essex County in Massachusetts, will deliver Northern Essex Community College’s 49th commencement address on Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m., on the quadrangle on the college’s Haverhill campus.

Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory A. Booker will deliver the University of Rhode Island’s 125th undergraduate commencement address on Sunday, May 22,  at 12 noon, on the URI quadrangle.

Jorja Fleezanis, the former concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra and professor at Indiana University, will deliver the commencement address at New England Conservatory on Sunday, May 22, at 3 p.m., in NEC’s Jordan Hall.

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