2010 Commencement Speakers, Part II


Last month, we shared our initial list of commencement speakers for this year’s graduating class, following up that article with another one looking at controversial speakers of recent years. Today, we’ll take a look at some additional speakers scheduled to appear on campuses across the United States over the coming weeks to include some of the more recent updates.

graduationPresident Barack Obama has already spoken this year at the University of Michigan’s commencement ceremony, but he has also agreed to return to the Bay State in June to give the commencement address to students graduating from Kalamazoo Central High next month. KCH won out in Obama’s “Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge,” where he asked high schools to submit essays and video explaining how dedicated their school is to preparing students for college and beyond.

As we did last month, we’ll take a look at the college/university first and then tell you who the guest speaker will be.

C.W. Post College – Charles Osgood of CBS News will give the commencement address at 7 pm on May 7. Considered the “poet in residence” at CBS, the anchor of “CBS News Sunday Morning” and “The Osgood File” has been called “the last of the great broadcasters” by Charles Kuralt.

Goucher College – NASA administrator Charles Frank Bolden Jr. will speak to grads at Goucher’s 119th commencement celebration scheduled for 10:30 am on May 21. Bolden is a former US Marine and astronaut, logging more than 680 hours in space spanning four missions.

Lafayette College – Joan Lunden, former co-host of “Good Morning America” and current host of Lifetime Television’s Health Corner will speak at Lafayette College on May 22. Lunden is also an author of several books including titles covering parenting and health matters.

Marymount University – The former undersecretary of the Army and retired chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin is scheduled to speak to Marymount grads on May 9. Augustine currently serves as an adviser to US Homeland Security.

Northeastern University – Kenneth Chenault, chairman and CEO of the American Express Company will be the commencement speaker at Northeastern’s ceremony May 7 at 10:30 am. Chenault has risen up the ranks of American Express and holds a JD from Harvard.

Randolph-Macon College – Noted Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, Sr., will give the commencement address on May 29 at 10 am. Dr. Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008. Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story shows how the doctor overcame great personal odds as a youngster thanks to his mother’s diligence.

University of the South – Pulitzer-prize winning author Jon Meacham and editor of Newsweek will address the class of 2010 on May 15. Among his books Meacham has written, “American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers and the Making of a Nation” and “American Lion.”

Stevenson University – Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder and internet entrepreneur, will speak to Stevenson grads at their two commencement exercises on May 21.

To find out more information about commencement speakers, please visit the respective university’s website.

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