Posts Tagged: Commencements

Creating Classes … and More Bits from the NEJHE Beat

More Underrepresented Groups. Even before Americans began retreating from educational equity amid the recent backlash against "political correctness," our empathy was directed at a fairly traditional set of underrepresented populations: African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, Native Americans and students with disabilities (many of whom are being reminded only now that their student loans can...

Last Call on Commencements … Really, This Time

We have tried to be fairly comprehensive in announcing New England college commencements in three posts: The Greatest Lecture Series on Earth? and The Show Goes On and Commencements … Last Call …  Of course, with 250 or so higher ed institutions in the region, a few escaped. Among them ... Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton will give the commencement address for New England I...

Commencements … Last Call …

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 ...

The Show Goes On

More Commencements ... Christine Keville, the first female national president and foundation chair of the Construction Management Association of America, will keynote Wentworth Institute of Technology’s commencement on Saturday, April 23, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Boston Marriott Copley. Entrepreneur Frederick H. Kocher, the former president of the NH High Technology Council, will a...

The Greatest Lecture Series on Earth?

New England Commencements ... Commencement season ... It's one of those rich aspects of traditional New England higher education that gets short shrift when all attention turns to no-nonsense quantified learning measures and returns on investment. Still, the annual spring descent on New England campuses of distinguished speakers, ranging from Nobel laureates to Pulitzer winners to grassroots mir...

Spring Training: Some Catches from the NEJHE Beat …

Spring Has Sprung? You'd never know by the snow on the ground in many parts of New England, but the announcements of spring commencement speakers at the region's higher education institutions have begun. Capt. Richard Phillips will deliver the commencement address at Vermont's Castleton University in May. The former captain of the Maersk Alabama was enrolled at Castleton as an art major when he wa...

Another Swing Through Spring Commencements

CassidyU.S. Navy Captain and NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy will keynote Husson University’s 116th commencement on Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.Salem State University will hold commencement activities Thursday, May 14 and Saturday, May 16. News anchor and consumer activist Susan Wornick will address graduate school students on Thursday, May...

Rounding Out 2015 Commencements: Authors, Entertainers, Pols Among Recently Announced Speakers

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Anyone who thinks higher education's vitality can be reduced to numbers of degrees granted  and college rankings, needs to see the diversity and depth of New England's commencement speakers. Not just the fuss of pomp and circumstance but perhaps the finest lecture series the world has to offer. To wit, here are the most recently announced 2015 speakers (followed by ...

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Gabby Giffords, Senators King, Mitchell Among NE Commencement Speakers

Neil deGrasse Tyson Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, will keynote the undergraduate commencement of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Friday, May 8 at 4:30 p.m. at McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Public health advocate Karen A. Daley, who was president of the American Nurses Association, will address Rivier University’s commencement ...

From Malawi Leader to Guvs to Actor Redford, More Commencement Speakers at New England Colleges

Joyce Banda, former president of Malawi Naturalist and free-speech advocate Terry Tempest Williams will address the Unity College graduation on Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m. in the Unity gym. Joyce Banda, president of the Republic of Malawi from 2012 to 2014, will deliver the Wheelock College undergraduate commencement address on Friday, May 15 at 10 a.m. Temple Israel. MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnel...