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Who's talking to college grads this year? Dan Rather, Al Gore and Terry Gross to name a few

Many area colleges have announced their commencement speakers. Told you on Sunday about Condoleezza Rice's controversial, upcoming appearance at Rutgers. Here is a look at some other speakers.

Who's talking to college grads this year? Dan Rather, Al Gore and Terry Gross to name a few

Songwriter and musician John Legend performs during a Yahoo presentation at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Las Vegas. He will be the University of Pennsylvania´s commencement speaker on May 19. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Songwriter and musician John Legend performs during a Yahoo presentation at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Las Vegas. He will be the University of Pennsylvania's commencement speaker on May 19. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) AP

Who's speaking at college commencement ceremonies this year? I told you in Sunday's paper about Condoleezza Rice's upcoming controversial appearance at Rutgers.

 Several other schools have announced some big names as well. News anchor Dan Rather will speak to graduates of Temple's School of Media and Communications.

 Al Gore will address Princeton seniors the day before commencement, and Bryn Mawr has lined up NPR host Terry Gross.

 

Here's a running list of speakers:

* Community College of Philadelphia: May 3

Jotaka L. Eaddy, Senior Advisor to the President and CEO and Senior Director for Voting Rights for the NAACP

* Penn State Abington: May 9

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman

* Penn State Great Valley: May 9

Madlyn L. Hanes, vice president for Commonwealth Campuses and dean of the University College

* Lincoln University: May 9

Stacey Davis Stewart, the first black woman to serve as U.S. President of United Way Worldwide

* Penn State Brandywine: May 10

  Renee Amoore, president and CEO, The Amoore Group

For more information on speakers at multiple commencement ceremonies on Penn State's main campus, see: http://news.psu.edu/story/310832/2014/04/07/academics/penn-state-announces-spring-2014-commencement-events-and-speakers

* Franklin & Marshall College: May 10

"Good Morning America" anchor George Stephanopoulos 

* West Chester University: May 10

Brigadier General Carol Eggert, Assistant Adjutant General, Joint Force Headquarters, Pennsylvania National Guard and also Deputy Commanding General, Reserve Affairs, at the United States Army War College

* Cheyney University: May 10

Randall Pickett, co-founder, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion dollar management, technology and policy consulting firm based in Newark, NJ, and the Season 4 winner of NBC's “The Apprentice” with Donald Trump.

* Eastern University: May 10

Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals

* Rosemont: May 10

Yale scholar Mary Evelyn Tucker

* Chestnut Hill College: May 10

Tracy Davidson, NBC-10 journalist

* Gwynedd Mercy University: May 10

Susan Kiely, CEO and Founder of Women with a Cause

* Temple University: May 15

President Neil Theobald and three honorary degree recipients: Temple trustee and entrepreneur Lewis Katz (also part owner of the company that publishes The Inquirer), singer/songwriter/actress and poet Jill Scott and scientist/inventor James West.

In addition, Temple’s individual schools will have separate speakers, including news anchor Dan Rather, who will address graduates in the School of Media and Communications.

* Arcadia University: May 16

Ellen Schecter, Emmy-award winning author and producer of several projects, including Reading Rainbow

* Rowan University: May 16

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

* Neumann University: May 17

Rocco Abessinio, former Neumann University trustee and graduate and president and CEO of Applied Bank and his wife, Mary.

Deacon Daniel DeLucca, president emeritus of Alvernia University and former trustee of Neumann.

* St. Joseph’s University: May 17

David Hollenbach, S.J. ’64, Ph.D, member of the theology department at Boston College, university chair in Human Rights and International Justice and director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice

* Bryn Mawr College: May 17

Terry Gross, host of National Public Radio’s Fresh Air

* Widener University: May 17

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi

* Delaware Valley College: May 17

Corey Ciocchetti, associate professor of business ethics and legal studies at the University of Denver

* Camden County College: May 17

Jeffrey Brenner, M.D., recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellows “genius” grant and the founder and executive director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

* Philadelphia University: May 17

Jeff Selingo, author of “College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students” and contributing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education

* Burlington County College: May 17

John Harmon, president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey

* Haverford College: May 18

Poet and scholar Elizabeth Alexander; Robert Birgeneau, former president of the University of Toronto and former chancellor of University of California Berkeley; former Princeton president William G. Bowen; and environmental protection advocate Fredd Krupp

* Gratz College: May 18

Sen. Robert P. Casey, Jr.

* Rutgers University: May 18

Condoleezza Rice, the first African-American female secretary of state and Stanford professor

* Cabrini College: May 18

Lisa Johnson Nutter, President of Philadelphia Academies, Inc. and wife of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

* Immaculata University: May 18

Ed Herr, president of Herr Foods Inc

* Moore College of Art & Design: May 18

Judith Tannenbaum, the RISD Museum's first curator of contemporary art.

* University of Pennsylvania: May 19

John Legend, Penn alum and songwriter and musician

* University of the Sciences: May 21

Lawrence Liberti, BS'76, MS'78, RPh, executive director for the Centre for Innovation in Regulatory Science

* Bucks County Community College: May 22

Charles Meredith III, publisher and newspaper columnist

* Lafayette College: May 24

The Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, prime minister of Jamaica

* University of Delaware: May 31

Vice President Joe Biden

* Swarthmore College: June 1

Scholar and writer Thomas Laqueur '67,

Documentary photographer and professor Barbara "Bobbie" Norfleet '47,

vocalist and composer Vaneese Thomas '74, and

Congressman Chris Van Hollen '83

* Princeton: June 3

President Christopher Eisgruber

Note: Al Gore will be the class day speaker, the day before commencement

* Peirce College: June 9

Sharmain Matlock-Turner, president and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition

 

Susan Snyder
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