Lawmakers, Authors, Entrepreneurs Among Newly Announced Commencement Speakers

Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns

Jane Altes, former vice president for academic affairs and interim president of Empire State College, and Daniel B. Ginsberg, former assistant secretary of the Air Force for manpower and reserve affairs, will address Southern Vermont College’s 87th Commencement on Saturday, May 10.

Homebuilder and founder of C&S (College Student) Builders Len Gengel will keynote Becker College’s 226th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10 at 11 a.m. at the Hanover Theatre in downtown Worcester.

U.S. Sen Susan Collins (R-Maine) will keynote Thomas College’s 120th commencement on Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m. in the Harold Alfond Athletic Center.

Comedian Jay Leno will deliver the undergraduate commencement address at Emerson College, his alma mater, on Sunday, May 11 at 10 a.m. Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, will deliver the graduate commencement address at 3 p.m.

Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will keynote Pine Manor College’s 103rd commencement on Sunday, May 11 at 11 a.m.

Animator Bryan Konietzko will keynote Montserrat College of Art’s commencement on Friday, May 16 at 10 a.m. at the Dane Street Church in Beverly, Mass.

Joe Moglia, chair of the board of TD Ameritrade and Coastal Carolina University head football coach, will deliver the commencement address to approximately 1,000 students at Bentley University’s 95th annual undergraduate ceremony on Saturday, May 17 at 10 a.m. on the south campus. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President Linda Zecher will  keynote the Bentley Graduate School of Business 39th annual commencement at 3 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford will keynote the University of Maine at Farmington’s 2014 commencement on Saturday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m.

Victoria Reggie Kennedy, widow of U. S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, and president of the board and co-founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, will deliver the commencement address at Western New England University on Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m. in the Alumni Healthful Living Center on campus.

Former baseball manager Joe Torre, now Major League Baseball’s executive vice president for baseball operations.will address the University of Hartford’s commencement on Sunday, May 18 at 10 a.m.

Columbia University professor Andrew Delbanco will address Marlboro College’s 67th graduation on Sunday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. in Persons Auditorium.

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry will address Boston College’s 138th commencement on Monday, May 19 at 10 a.m. in Alumni Stadium.

In keeping with a tradition it began when founded in 1961, Norwalk Community College has selected graduating students as commencement speakers on May 22 at 4:30 p.m. This year’s speakers are accounting major Brian Stascavage, management major Cherdonna Epps and engineering science major Ralph White.

Anne Mosle, vice president at the Aspen Institute and executive director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, will address Endicott College’s commencement on Saturday, May 24 at 10:30 a.m.

Isabel Alexis Wilkerson, author of the acclaimed The Warmth of Other Suns, will deliver the commencement address at Bates College’s 148th commencement on Sunday, May 25 at 10 a.m. on the Historic Quad.

Nina Perales, vice president of litigation for MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, will keynote Bard College at Simon’s Rock’s 45th commencement on Monday, May 26 at 11 a.m. on Blodgett Lawn.

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) will keynote Berkshire Community College’s 54th commencement on Friday, May 30 at 4:30 p.m. at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass.

Design visionary Bruce Mau will deliver Rhode Island School of Design’s commencement address on Saturday, May 31 at 10:30 a.m. the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence.

Shonda Rhimes, the creator, head writer and executive producer of medical dramas Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice and the current ABC hit Scandal, will deliver the main address at Dartmouth’s 2014 commencement on Sunday, June 8  at 10 a.m.on the Green.

Dr. G. Richard Olds, the vice chancellor and founding dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, will deliver  Springfield College’s undergraduate commencement on Sunday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m. at the MassMutual Center in  Springfield. Olds is the son of the eighth president of Springfield College, Glenn A. Olds, who withstood harsh criticism when he brought Martin Luther King Jr. to campus to deliver the 1964 commencement address.


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