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Past Commencement Speakers

Year   Speaker(s)
2010 Rennie Harris, James McCarthy, Jane Pauley, Elizabeth Strout ’77, Teresa Woodruff
2009 Geena Davis, Robert M. Franklin Jr., Mimi A.R. Koehl, Ralph T. Perry ’51, Fareed Zakaria
2008 Susan Berresford, Phillip Sharp, Warren Washington, Pauline Yu
2007 Eric Carle, Corey Harris ’91, Dean Kamen, Anna Devere Smith
2006 David McCullough, Marjorie Garber, David Ho, Mark Morris
2005 Thomas Jefferson Anderson, Lynn Margulis, Paul and Daisy Soros, Brian Williams
2004 Rita R. Colwell, David Levering Lewis, Milton L. Lindholm, John C. Whitehead
(All commencement honorands give a short talk, beginning in 2004)
2003 Stephen L. Carter
2002 Steven Weinberg
2001 Robert B. Reich
2000 Desmond Tutu
1999 Richard C. Holbrooke
1998 Doris Kearns Goodwin
1997 Oscar Arias
1996 Chinua Achebe
1995 Garry Wills
1994 Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
1993 Lester C. Thurow
1992 John Hope Franklin
1991 Freeman John Dyson
1990 Catharine R. Stimpson
1989 Paul A. Volcker
1988 Donald M. Stewart
1987 Ellen Ash Peters
1986 Donald F. McHenry
1985 George Mitchell
1984 Ernest L. Boyer
1983 Bernard Lown
1982 Charlayne Hunter-Gault
1981 Warren Christopher
1980 Elliot L. Richardson
1979 Robert B.W. MacNeil
1978 Ian Lennox McHarg
1977 Horton Guyford Stever
1976 Paul Webster McAvoy
1975 George Wildman Ball
1974 Gerard Piel
1973 Paul A. Freund
1972 Robert Coles
1971 Coretta Scott King
1970 Russell E. Train
1969 R. Buckminster Fuller
1968 Nils Y. Wessell (April)
1968 Steward Udall (June)
1967 Margaret Chase Smith
1966 William H. Schumann
1965 Hudson Hoagland
1964 Grayson Kirk
1963 James M. Nabrit Jr.
1962 George Olmstead Jr.
1961 Kazushige Hirasawa
1960 Karl L. Rankin
1959 Frank M. Coffin
1958 Alfred M. Gruenther
1957 Luis Munoz-Marin
1956 Harold W. Richardson
1955 Edmund S. Muskie
1954 Sherman Adams
1953 Lester Markel
1952 Alfred E. Driscoll
1951 Lester B. Pearson
1950 Paul H. Douglas
1949 Lucious D. Clay
1948 Christian A. Herter
1947 Warren R. Austin
1946 Harold E. Stassen
1945 Sumner T. Pike
1944 Wilbur K. Jordan, Robert Moses (June)
1944 Harrison C. Lyseth (Winter)
Source:  Commencement Programs, President’s Office and Kurt Kuss, Special Collections.

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