2019 Mary Daly
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2018 Kathrine Switzer
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2017 Vernon Jordan
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2016 Donald Newhouse
Read the remarks and view the video here. “Your education here and the education that I hope will be a continuing process in your lives is an essential part of the equipment you will need both to contribute as professionals to the greater community and also to help you live your lives, your personal lives, in a thoughtful, productive, and decent way”
2015 Mary Karr
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“If you’re lucky, you fell in love here. And if you’re really lucky, you had your heart broken.”
2014 David Remnick
“Nothing is inevitable. If this day means anything, it means that you are now in the contingent of the responsible.”
2013 Nicholas Kristof
2012 Aaron Sorkin
2011 J. Craig Venter
Read the remarks here. “Change is 100% dependent on motivated individuals…”
2010 Jamie Dimon
Read the remarks here. “Have the courage to speak the truth, even when it is unpopular…”
2009 Vice President Joe Biden
View the video here. “I too graduated from this great University into an uncertain world…”
2008 Bob Woodruff
View the video here. “You know, your generation has the power to direct the future, to change it, to make it better…”
2007 Frank McCourt
View the video here. “Find what you love, and do it.”
2006 Billy Joel
View the video here. “I hope that in the time you were here you learned something very important, and that is…”
2005 Jane Goodall
View the video here. “If there was time, I would greet each one of you with the chimpanzee exuberance of congratulations, which is an embrace and a kiss.”
2004 Phylicia Rashad
2003 Former President Bill Clinton
2002 Rudolph Giuliani
View the video here. “If you want to succeed in life, there are two things you need. You need a belief, and you need courage.”