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Commencement Speakers
Before 1893, no outside speaker gave the commencement address.
1893 Frank W. Gunsaulus
1894 Hamilton Mabie
1895 Woodrow Wilson
1896 Lyman Abbott
1897 Newell Dwight Hillis
1898 Edward Everett Hale
1899 Franklin H. Giddings
1900 Robert M. Wenley
1901 Albion W. Small
1902 S. Parkes Cadman
1903 St. Clair McKelvey
1904 Professor G. Santayana
1905 James B. Dill
1906 George Herbert Palmer
1907 William Allen White
1908 Samuel Walker McCall *
1909 Charles E. Jefferson
1910 Rollo Ogden
1911 Edwin Emery Slosson
1912 Charles R. Brown *
1913 George E. Vincent
1914 Charles Austin Beard
1915 Charles E. Jefferson
1916 Francis J. McConnell
1917 Hugh Black
1918 S. Parkes Cadman
1919 William C. Sharp *
1920 Oswald Garrison Villard
1921 Hamilton Holt *
1922 Marion LeRoy Burton
1923 Paul Elmer More
1924 Ian Campbell Hannah
1925 Newton D. Baker
1926 Robert A. Millikan
1927 Roscoe Pound
1928 Harry Emerson Fosdick
1929 Rollo Walter Brown
1930 Edwin Montefiore Borchard
1931 Kemper Fullerton
1932 Lane Cooper
1933 Robert Andrews Millikan
1934 Robert Maynard Hutchins
1935 Lewis Mumford
1936 John Erskine
1937 Robert Frost
1938 Alan Valentine
1939 James Lukens McConaughy
1940 William Allan Neilson
1941 Hendrik Willem van Loon
1942 President Wilkins
1943, Feb. President Wilkins
1943, June President Wilkins
1944, June President Wilkins
1944, Oct. Lawrence E. Cole
1945, Feb. President Wilkins
1945, June. President Wilkins
1945, Oct. President Wilkins
1946, Feb. Thomas W. Graham
1946, June President Wilkins
1946, Oct. Prof. Thomas Kepler
1947, Feb. President William E. Stevenson
1947, June Howard Foster Lowry *
1948, Feb. Professor Paul B. Sears
1948, June President Francis Stephenson Hutchins *
1949, Feb. Professor Clarence Ward
1949, June Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche *
1950, Feb. President Arthur Sherwood Flemming *
1950, June Sir Oliver Shewell Franks *
1951, June Dr. Paul Howard Douglas *
1952, June Dr. Thornton Niven Wilder *
1953, June Dr. Raymond Tyson Moyer *
1954, June Dr. Buell G. Gallagher
1955, June Adlai Ewing Stevenson *
1956 John Marshall Harlan *
1957 Chester Bowles *
1958 Paul Bigelow Sears *
1959 McGeorge Bundy *
1960 Robert Eugene Cushman
1961 Henri Maurice Peyre *
1962 J. Irwin Miller *
1963 Ralph Emerson McGill *
1964 Percy Lavon Julian *
1965 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. *
1966 Seabury Cone Mastick
1967 Roy Wilkins *
1968 Margaret Clapp *
1969 Richard Gordon Hatcher
1970 Jesse L. Jackson *
1971 William Edgar Stafford *
1972 Pete Seeger
1973 Michael Harrington
1974 Florynce R. Kennedy
1975 Harvey Gallagher Cox
1976 Alex Haley
1977 Morris King Udall
1978 Marcus C. Raskin
1979 Nancy Hays Teeters *
1980 Louis Stokes *
1981 George Stanley McGovern *
1982 Andrew Young *
1983 Maya Angelou *
1984 Francine du Plessix Gray *
1985 William Weil Goldman
1986 Flora Lewis
1987 Archbishop Desmond Tutu *
1988 Gardner Calvin Taylor *
1989 Audre Lorde *
1990 Bronislaw Geremek *
1991 Faye Wattleton *
1992 Antonia Hernandez *
1993 June E. Osborn *
1994 Romulus Zachariah Linney *
1995 Johnnetta Betsch Cole *
1996 Robert Coles *
1997 Allan Henry Spear *
1998 Damon Jerome Keith *
1999 John J. Sweeney *
2000 Oscar Arias Sànchez *
2001 William H. Gray III *
2002 Judah M. Folkman *
2003 Anthony Lewis
2004 Margaret H. Marshall
2005 William Frederick Schulze III
2006 Juan Guzmán Tapia *
2007 Connie Schultz *
2008 Fareed Zakaria *
2009 Dr. Richard N. Haass*
2010 Julie Taymor*
2011 Helene D. Gayle*
2012 Thomas R. Frieden*

* Indicates speaker received an honorary degree at that commencement.

 
 
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