Let’s compare commencement speakers, shall we?

Last week, Georgetown announced the commencement speakers for the 2011 graduates of its various programs, with reactions falling across the spectrum from happy to tepid to irate. For those of you looking to procrastinate on finals studying for a few more minutes, feel free to take a glance at who will be speaking to seniors at some other DC colleges.

As we previously mentioned in December, George Washington University’s slate of graduation speakers will be headlined by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who will address the whole of the graduating class. Other speakers will include NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, former Treasury Secretary John Snow, and Operation Smile co-founder Dr. William Magee.

After the jump, see more speakers at DC universities.

  • American University: graduates were addressed on May 7 and 8 by senior U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), astronomer Vera Rubin, National Economic Council director Gene Sperling, American Bar Association president Stephen N. Zack and Peace Corps director Aaron S. Williams.

  • Catholic University: This Saturday, Speaker of the House John Boehner will address students at Catholic’s commencement ceremonies, with other speakers including Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty founder Kevin J. Hasson.

  • Howard University: Urban league president and former mayor of New Orleans Marc Morial (LAW ’83) will deliver Howard’s commencement address this Saturday, with speakers receiving honorary degrees including New York Times columnist and author Thomas L. Friedman.

2 Comments on “Let’s compare commencement speakers, shall we?

  1. Seems like we actually did better than the other DC schools overall.
    Honestly, we complain a little too much. Even Harvard is getting our leftover scraps. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressed SFS’10; this year, she is addressing the entire Harvard graduating class.

    (I am, admittedly, a little jealous of NYU getting Bill Clinton.)

  2. How did we do better than other schools – better speakers than all those we have = Boehner, Lugar, Lugar, Zach, Williams, Friedman, Bloomberg. Not that ours are bad speaker, we just never really pull in a headliner like other schools

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