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Commencement speakers: first lady still a 'maybe'

Update: American University announced its roster of commencement speakers - - yes, roster - - on Thursday.

Michelle Bachelet, the first female president of Chile, will speak at the School of International Service May 8.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will address graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences May 9.

University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala will speak to the graduates of the School of Public Affairs May 9.

Seth Goldman, president and TeaEO of Honest Tea, will address graduates of the Kogod School of Business May 8.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple will speak to students graduating from the School of Communication May 8.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder will address the Washington College of Law May 23.

Original post follows.

George Washington University announced this week that students, faculty, staff and trustees have completed 86,209 hours towards the 100,000-hour "service challenge" issued by Michelle Obama.

In September, the first lady challenged the GWU community to complete 100,000 hours of service. In return, she will speak at the school's commencement May 16.


Virginia Tech announced today that Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) will address graduates May 14, continuing the school's tradition of inviting new governors to speak.

The University of the District of Columbia announcved yestserday that former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will be its speaker on May 8.

The University of Virginia announced last week that outgoing President John T. Casteen III, who will step down Aug. 1 after 20 years, will give the commencement address May 23.

Following is an attempt at a comprehensive list. If I'm missing anyone, please post the news as a comment or e-mail me.

Bowie State University: Cathy Hughes, owner of Radio One and TV One, will speak May 21.

Catholic University of America: Outgoing President the Very Rev. David M. O'Connell will speak May 15, a choice some students have protested.

College of William & Mary: Christina Romer, a 1981 alumna and chair of the Council of Economic Advisors in the Obama administration, will address seniors. Presidential scholar Annette Gordon-Reed and former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill will receive honorary degrees at the May 16 ceremony. William & Mary Chancellor and retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will speak.

Gallaudet University: Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick, Maryland state superintendent of schools, will speak May 14.

George Mason University: Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) will speak May 15.

Goucher College: Charles Frank Bolden Jr., former astronaut and NASA's first African-American administrator, will speak May 21.

James Madison University: Blake Mycoskie, founder and CEO of Tom's Shoes, will speak May 6.

Johns Hopkins University: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a 1964 JHU alumnus, will speak May 27.

Marymount University: Norman Augustine, retired CEO of Lockheed Martin, will give the May 9 undergraduate address. Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, will give the graduate address.

St. Mary's College of Maryland: Eugene Robinson, Washington Post associate editor and columnist, will speak May 15.

UMBC: G. Wayne Clough, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and former president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, will address graduate students on May 21. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will speak to seniors May 24.

University of Mary Washington: May 8 undergraduate commencement, Dan Wolfe, Executive Vice President Universal Pictures; May 7 graduate commencement, John Chichester, former president pro tempore of the Virginia Senate.

Washington College: John Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and New York Times political writer, will speak May 16.

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By Daniel de Vise  |  March 24, 2010; 9:36 AM ET
Categories:  Administration  | Tags: commencement speakers, graduation  
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Just GWU doing anything to get students, staff, trustees etc. to push over the finish line for the 100,000 hours needed to secure M. Obama as speaker???

List of some of the commencement speakers was very interesting. Thanks.

Posted by: profstudent | March 24, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

What about Montgomery College and Northern Virginia Community College? They have graduation ceremonies and speakers too.

Posted by: drl97 | March 25, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

To profstudent -- I'm an off-campus grad student at GWU, so take this for what it's worth, but I know especially at the beginning of the year there was a big push for getting the hours in, including on the GWU student homepage (smart move on their part, IMHO). Not sure what's being done at the moment on campus as I haven't been on it in a while, but I haven't seen the "Make sure you get in your hours!" thing on the homepage in a while. (Might go back up nearer to registration next week, when more people will definitely be on the site.)

Posted by: | March 26, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

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