Historical University Commencements

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Commencement:1921
Date:06/13/1921
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:William Lyon Phelps
  Occupation:Lampon Professor of English Literature, Yale University
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Commencement:1922
Date:06/12/1922
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Irvine Luther Lenroot
  Occupation:United States Senator, State of Wisconsin
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Commencement:1923
Date:06/11/1923
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Jules Jusserand
  Occupation:French Ambassador to the United States
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Commencement:1924
Date:06/09/1924
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Thomas S. Baker
  Occupation:President, Carnegie Institute of Technology
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Commencement:1925
Date:06/08/1925
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Henry T. Allen
  Occupation:Major General of the 90th Infantry Division, United States Army
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Commencement:1926
Date:06/07/1926
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Michael Idvorsky Pupin
  Occupation:Professor of Electromechanics, Columbia University
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Commencement:1927
Date:06/13/1927
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Carl E. Milliken
  Occupation:former Governor, State of Maine
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Commencement:1928
Date:06/11/1928
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Paul Claudel
  Occupation:French Ambassador to the United States
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Commencement:1929
Date:06/10/1929
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Dexter S. Kimball
  Occupation:Dean of the College of Engineering, Cornell University
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Commencement:1930
Date:06/09/1930
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Roland Sletor Morris
  Occupation:former United States Ambassador to Japan
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Commencement:1931
Date:06/08/1931
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:George Pierce Baker
  Occupation:Professor of English, Yale University and founder of Yale Drama School
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Commencement:1932
Date:06/13/1932
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Herbert Adams Gibbons
  Occupation:journalist and lecturer
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Commencement:1933
Date:06/12/1933
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Howard McClenahan
  Occupation:Dean, Princeton University
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Commencement:1934
Date:06/11/1934
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Josiah H. Penniman
  Occupation:Provost, University of Pennsylvania
Commencement:1935
Date:06/10/1935
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Elisha Conover
  Occupation:Professor of Ancient Languages and Literatures, University of Delaware
Commencement:1936
Date:06/08/1936
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Walter Hullihen
  Occupation:President, University of Delaware
Commencement:1937
Date:06/07/1937
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Wilbur Owen Sypherd
  Occupation:Chairman of the Department of English, University of Delaware
Commencement:1938
Date:06/06/1938
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Winifred Robinson
  Occupation:Dean, Women's College of Delaware, University of Delaware
Commencement:1939
Date:06/05/1939
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:George E. Dutton
  Occupation:Dean, Registrar, and Professor of English, University of Delaware
Commencement:1940
Date:06/03/1940
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Robert L. Spencer
  Occupation:Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Delaware
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Commencement:1941
Date:06/09/1941
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:George H. Ryden
  Occupation:Chairman of the Department of History, University of Delaware
Commencement:1942
Date:06/08/1942
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Ned Bliss Allen
  Occupation:Associate Professor of English, University of Delaware
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Commencement:1943
Date:04/25/1943
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:J. S. Ladd Thomas
  Occupation:Dean of the Theological School, Temple University
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Commencement:1943
Date:12/19/1943
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Henry Smith Leiper
  Occupation:Secretary in America, World Council of Churches
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Commencement:1944
Date:08/20/1944
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Joseph S. Gould
  Occupation:Professor of Economics and Business Administration, University of Delaware
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Commencement:1944
Date:12/20/1944
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Paul Swain Havens
  Occupation:President, Wilson College
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Commencement:1945
Date:07/01/1945
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:John Milton Fogg Jr.
  Occupation:Vice Provost, University of Pennsylvania
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Commencement:1946
Date:06/17/1946
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Henry Seidel Canby
  Occupation:Professor of English, Yale University
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Commencement:1947
Date:06/09/1947
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Thomas Raymond McConnell
  Occupation:Professor of Educational Psychology and Dean of the College of Science, Literature, and the Arts, University of Minnesota
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Commencement:1948
Date:06/07/1948
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Theodore C. Blegen
  Occupation:Dean of the Graduate School, University of Minnesota
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Commencement:1949
Date:06/05/1949
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Detlev Wulf Bronk
  Occupation:President, Johns Hopkins University
Commencement:1950
Date:06/04/1950
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:William Samuel Carlson
  Occupation:President, University of Vermont and former President, University of Delaware
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Commencement:1951
Date:06/03/1951
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Ward I. Miller
  Occupation:Superintendent of Schools, Wilmington School District
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Commencement:1952
Date:06/08/1952
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:James Miller Tunnell Jr.
  Occupation:Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Delaware
Commencement:1953
Date:06/14/1953
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Albert Edmund Forster
  Occupation:President, Hercules Powder Company
Commencement:1953
Date:09/20/1953
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Robert Silliman Hillyer
  Occupation:Visiting Professor of English, University of Delaware
Commencement:1954
Date:06/13/1954
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Bessie B. Collins
  Occupation:Dean of Women, University of Delaware
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Commencement:1955
Date:06/05/1955
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Alfred Hector Williams
  Occupation:President, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
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Commencement:1956
Date:06/03/1956
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Clarence A. Southerland
  Occupation:Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Delaware
Commencement:1957
Date:06/02/1957
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:John Alanson Perkins
  Occupation:President, University of Delaware
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Commencement:1958
Date:06/08/1958
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Isaac James Quillen
  Occupation:Dean of the School of Education, Stanford University
Commencement:1959
Date:06/14/1959
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Herbert Hayman Lank
  Occupation:President, Du Pont Company of Canada
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Commencement:1960
Date:06/12/1960
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:John Biggs Jr.
  Occupation:Chief Judge, United States Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuit
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Commencement:1961
Date:06/11/1961
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Wilmarth S. Lewis
  Occupation:scholar and founder of the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University
Commencement:1962
Date:06/10/1962
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Carl John Rees
  Occupation:Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, University of Delaware
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Commencement:1963
Date:06/09/1963
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:James E. Webb
  Occupation:Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Commencement:1964
Date:06/07/1964
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Ralph Winfred Tyler
  Occupation:Director of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
Commencement:1965
Date:06/13/1965
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Caryl Parker Haskins
  Occupation:President, Carnegie Institute of Washington
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Commencement:1966
Date:06/12/1966
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Frederick Seitz
  Occupation:President, National Academy of Sciences
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Commencement:1967
Date:06/11/1967
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:John Williams Macy Jr.
  Occupation:Chairman, United States Civil Service Commission
Commencement:1968
Date:06/09/1968
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:William Maurice Ewing
  Occupation:Higgins Professor of Geology at the Lamont Geological Observatory, Columbia University
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Commencement:1969
Date:06/08/1969
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Elizabeth Beatty McCubbin
  Occupation:Superintendent, North Carolina Correctional Center for Women
Commencement:1970
Date:06/07/1970
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:William McChesney Martin
  Occupation:Chairman, Federal Reserve Board
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Commencement:1971
Date:05/30/1971
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Robert L. Bull
  Occupation:President, Food Business Associates
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Commencement:1972
Date:05/27/1972
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Sander Vanocur
  Occupation:Senior Correspondent, National Public Affairs Center for Television
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Commencement:1973
Date:05/26/1973
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Jacqueline G. Wexler
  Occupation:President of Hunter College, City University of New York
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Commencement:1974
Date:05/25/1974
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Elliot L. Richardson
  Occupation:former United States Attorney General
Commencement:1975
Date:06/07/1975
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:John A. Munroe
  Occupation:Bicentennial and H. Rodney Sharp Professor of History, University of Delaware
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Commencement:1976
Date:06/05/1976
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Daniel L. Herrmann
  Occupation:Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Delaware
Commencement:1977
Date:06/04/1977
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Samuel Lenher
  Occupation:Chairman of the Board of Trustees, University of Delaware
Commencement:1978
Date:06/03/1978
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Joseph R. Biden Jr.
  Occupation:United States Senator, State of Delaware
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Commencement:1979
Date:06/02/1979
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Bella S. Abzug
  Occupation:United States Congresswoman, State of New York
Commencement:1980
Date:05/31/1980
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:R. Buckminster Fuller
  Occupation:scientist and inventor
Commencement:1981
Date:06/06/1981
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:James R. Soles
  Occupation:Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Delaware
Commencement:1982
Date:06/05/1982
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Pierre S. Du Pont IV
  Occupation:Governor, State of Delaware
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Commencement:1983
Date:06/04/1983
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Eugene V. Rostow
  Occupation:Sterling Professor of Law and Public Affairs, Yale Law School, Yale University
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Commencement:1984
Date:01/08/1984
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Leonard L. Williams
  Occupation:Municipal Court Judge, City of Wilmington
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Commencement:1984
Date:06/02/1984
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
  Occupation:Professor of Humanities, City University of New York
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Commencement:1985
Date:01/06/1984
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Denis C. Carey
  Occupation:Education Advisor to the Governor, State of Delaware
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Commencement:1985
Date:06/08/1985
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Ellen Goodman
  Occupation:Syndicated Columnist, Washington Post Writers Group
Commencement:1986
Date:01/05/1986
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Lodewijk Van Den Berg
  Occupation:Astronaut, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Commencement:1986
Date:06/01/1986
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Alex Haley
  Occupation:author
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Commencement:1987
Date:01/04/1987
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Thomas A. Turcol
  Occupation:Journalist, Philadelphia Inquirer
Commencement:1987
Date:05/31/1987
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Joseph R. Biden Jr.
  Occupation:United States Senator, State of Delaware
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Commencement:1988
Date:01/03/1988
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:James F. Kearns
  Occupation:Group Vice President of Textile Fibers, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co.
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Commencement:1988
Date:05/29/1988
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Howard K. Smith
  Occupation:author & former Correspondent, ABC and CBS News
Commencement:1989
Date:01/08/1989
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Elbert C. Wisner
  Occupation:President and Senior Partner, SBS Consultants
Commencement:1989
Date:05/28/1989
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Ed Bradley
  Occupation:Correspondent, CBS News
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Commencement:1990
Date:01/06/1990
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Linda F. Winfield
  Occupation:Principal Research Scientist at the Center for Research on Effective Schooling for Disadvantaged Students, Johns Hopkins University
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Commencement:1990
Date:05/27/1990
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Malcolm 'Steve' Forbes Jr.
  Occupation:President & Chief Executive Officer, Forbes Inc.
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Commencement:1991
Date:01/05/1991
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Bruce Evans Jarrell
  Occupation:Chairman of the Department of Surgery, University of Arizona
Commencement:1991
Date:06/01/1991
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Ann Compton
  Occupation:White House Correspondent, ABC News
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Commencement:1992
Date:01/04/1992
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Paula L. Gavin
  Occupation:President, Young Men's Christian Association of Greater New York
Commencement:1992
Date:05/30/1992
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Edwin Newman
  Occupation:former Correspondent, NBC News
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Commencement:1993
Date:01/09/1993
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Andrew M. Stern
  Occupation:Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Sunwest Communications
Commencement:1993
Date:05/29/1993
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Ken Burns
  Occupation:documentary filmmaker
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Commencement:1994
Date:01/08/1994
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Susan Stroman
  Occupation:choreographer
Commencement:1994
Date:05/28/1994
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Thomas Clancy
  Occupation:author
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Commencement:1995
Date:01/07/1995
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Sue Lewis Robinson
  Occupation:Judge for the District of Delaware, United States District Court
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Commencement:1995
Date:05/27/1995
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Allen H. Neuharth
  Occupation:journalist and founder of USA Today
Commencement:1996
Date:01/06/1996
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Thomas R. Carper
  Occupation:Governor, State of Delaware
Commencement:1996
Date:05/25/1996
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Maya Angelou
  Occupation:author and poet
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Commencement:1997
Date:01/04/1997
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Ronald H. Haines
  Occupation:Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Washington DC
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Commencement:1997
Date:05/31/1997
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Georgie Anne Geyer
  Occupation:journalist
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Commencement:1998
Date:01/03/1998
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Robert V. A. Harra Jr.
  Occupation:President, Wilmington Trust Company
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Commencement:1998
Date:05/30/1998
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:William Raspberry
  Occupation:Urban Affairs Correspondent, Washington Post
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Commencement:1999
Date:01/09/1999
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Charles Lewis
  Occupation:Chairman and Executive Director, Center for Public Integrity
Commencement:1999
Date:05/29/1999
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Louis J. Freeh
  Occupation:Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Commencement:2000
Date:01/08/2000
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Leonard P. Stark
  Occupation:Litigation Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom
Commencement:2000
Date:05/27/2000
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Benjamin S. Carson Sr.
  Occupation:Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University Hospital
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Commencement:2001
Date:01/06/2001
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Carol E. Hoffecker
  Occupation:Richards Professor of History, University of Delaware
Commencement:2001
Date:05/26/2001
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:David McCullough
  Occupation:author and historian
Commencement:2002
Date:01/05/2002
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Jacqueline Jones
  Occupation:Chairperson of the Department of History, Brandeis University
Commencement:2002
Date:05/25/2002
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Harold 'Tubby' Raymond
  Occupation:former Head Football Coach, University of Delaware
Commencement:2003
Date:01/04/2003
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Leo Edward Strine Jr.
  Occupation:Vice Chancellor, Court of Chancery, State of Delaware
Commencement:2003
Date:05/31/2003
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:George J. Mitchell
  Occupation:Diplomat and United States Senator, Maine
Commencement:2004
Date:01/10/2004
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Christopher J. Christie
  Occupation:United States Attorney, District of New Jersey
Commencement:2004
Date:05/29/2004
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Joseph R. Biden Jr.
  Occupation:United States Senator, State of Delaware
Commencement:2005
Date:01/08/2005
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Jo Anne Bryant Barnhart
  Occupation:Commissioner, United States Social Security Administration
Commencement:2005
Date:05/28/2005
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Jeff Shaara
  Occupation:Author
Commencement:2006
Date:01/07/2006
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:William B. Chandler III
  Occupation:Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery
Commencement:2006
Date:05/27/2006
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Ron Chernow
  Occupation:author and commentator
Commencement:2007
Date:01/06/2007
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Leonard P. Stark
  Occupation:Assistant United States Attorney, District of Delaware
Commencement:2007
Date:05/26/2007
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:William P. Kupper, Jr.
  Occupation:President and Cheif Executive Officer, Businessweek
Commencement:2008
Date:01/05/2008
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Thomas R. Carper
  Occupation:United States Senator, State of Delaware
Commencement:2008
Date:05/31/2008
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Cal Ripken, Jr.
  Occupation:former professional baseball player, Baltimore Orioles
Commencement:2009
Date:01/10/2009
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Mary Patterson McPherson
  Occupation:Executive Director, American Philosophical Society
Commencement:2009
Date:05/30/2009
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Thomas L. Friedman
  Occupation:Author and foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times
Commencement:2010
Date:01/10/2010
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Jill Biden
  Occupation:Educator, UD alumna, and wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
Commencement:2010
Date:05/29/2010
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Catherine Bertini
  Occupation:Professor of public administration at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Commencement:2011
Date:01/09/2011
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Chris Christie
  Occupation:Governor of New Jersey
Commencement:2011
Date:05/28/2011
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Mike Castle
  Occupation:Former U.S. Representative for Delaware
Commencement:2012
Date:01/08/2012
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Robert McCraken Peck
  Occupation:Naturalist
Commencement:2012
Date:05/26/2012
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Soledad O'Brien
  Occupation:Correspondent
Commencement:2013
Date:01/06/2013
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Lawrence (Larry) F. Probst, III
  Occupation:Chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Chairman of the board of directors of Electronic Arts
Commencement:2013
Date:05/25/2013
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Paul Farmer
  Occupation:Humanitarian
Commencement:2014
Date:01/12/2014
Institution:University of Delaware
Speaker Information
  Name:Liz Ann Sonders
  Occupation:senior vice president and chief investment strategist for Charles Schwab and Co