Commencement Speakers by Year

Year Name
1838 Joel Hawes
1839 Rufus Anderson
1840 Mark Hopkins
1841 B. B. Edwards
1842 Rev. Edward Hitchcock
1844 Edward N. Kirk
1845 Joel Hawes
1846 J. B. Condit
1849 Edward Hitchcock
1850 William C. Fowler
1851 A. L. Stone
1853 Emerson Davis
1856 Samuel W. Fisher
1859 Austin Phelps
1860 Roswell D. Hitchcock
1864 Leonard Swain
1867 George N. Boardman
1868 Edward N. Kirk
1872 Harvey Denison Kitchel
1873 W. S. Tyler
John M. Greene
1874 Samuel Harris
Julius H. Seelye
1875 Julius H. Seelye
1876 Alexander H. Bullock
1877 M. B. Riddle
1878 Thomas P. Field
William S. Tyler
1879 Theodore L. Cuyler
1880 S. E. Herrick
1881 Albion W. Tourgee
1882 William M. Taylor
1883 Joseph L. Daryea
1884 J. H. Vincent
1886 Henry L. Dawes
1888 N. G. Clark
1889 Luther T. Townsend
1890 Alexander McKenzie
1891 Merrill Gates
Elizabeth Storrs Mead
1892 Henry M. Storrs
1893 Chester David Hartranft
1894 Henry A. Stimson
1895 A. J. Lyman
1896 William H. Faunce
1897 Charles Cuthbert Hall
1898 Charles M. Mead
1899 Judson Smith
Roger Wolcott
1900 N. D. Hills
1901 James Hulme Canfield
1902 George Herbert Palmer
1903 Ira Remsen
1904 Talcott Williams
1905 Judson Smith
1906 Russell Briggs
1907 Jane Addams
1908 Henry A. Stimson
1909 Hugh Black
1910 Mary E. Woolley
1911 Henry Stiles Bradley
1912 Charles Reynolds Brown
1913 Henry Emerson Fosdick
1914 Charles S. Whitman
1915 William Ernest Hocking
1916 Charles E. Jefferson
1917 Henry Noble MacCracken
1918 George Edgar Vincent
1919 Albert Parker Fitch
1920 Charles Zueblin
1921 William Howard Taft
1922 Sergius A. Korff
1923 Alexander Meiklejohn
1924 Kenneth C. M. Sills
Henry Morgenthau
1925 James Rowland Angell
1926 Frederick M. Davenport
1927 Frederick C. Ferry
1928 Paul Shorey
1929 Newton D. Baker
1930 James T. Shotwell
1931 George W. Kirchwey
1932 George E. Vincent
1933 Bruce Bliven
1934 John Houston Finley
1935 William Ernest Hocking
1936 William Allan Neilson
1937 John Gilbert Winant
1938 David Allan Robertson
1939 Chauncey Brewster Tinker
1940 Lillian M. Gilbreth
1941 Christopher Morley
1942 Roswell G. Ham
1943 Harold Beresford Butler
1944 Meta Glass
1945 Robert F. Bradford
1946 Roswell G. Ham
1947 Katharine E. McBride
1948 Arnold Wolfers
1949 Norman Makin
1950 Frederick May Eliot
1951 Roswell G. Ham
1952 Frederick May Eliot
1953 Willard L. Thorp
1954 Helen Rogers Reid
1955 Earl Warren
1956 Edmund W. Sinnott
1957 Henry Steele Commager
1958 Norman Cousins
1959 Mildred McAfee Horton
1960 Charles H. Malik
1961 William O. Douglas
1962 Abraham A. Ribicoff
1963 U Thant
1964 General Lauris Norstad
1965 James R. Killian, Jr.
1966 Philip Johnson
1967 August Heckscher
1968 David Riesman
1969 Kenneth Keniston
1970 Hon. Edward M. Kennedy
1971 David Bicknell Truman
1972 Barbara M. White
1973 Matina Souretis Horner
1974 Beryl Robichaud Collins
1975 Ella Tambussi Grasso
1976 Lillian Hellman
1977 Ruth Ida Abrams
1978 David Bicknell Truman
1979 Ellen Goodman
1980 John Irving
1981 Shirley A. Chisholm
1982 Elizabeth T. Kennan
1983 George Steiner
1984 Barbara B. Kennelly
1985 Gjertrud Schnackenberg
Nadine Gordimer
1986 Xie Xide
1987 Maya Angelou
1988 Joseph Brodsky
1989 Glenn Close
1990 Wendy Wasserstein
1991 Evelyn Fox Keller
1992 Patricia Schroeder
1993 Judith Kurland
1994 Nita M. Lowey
S. Rhae Parkes '94
1995 Jennifer Lynch '95
Ann W. Richards
1996 Devavani Chatterjea '96
Donna E. Shalala
1997 Madeleine K. Albright
Chandra Rachel Bing Greene Dunn '97
1998 Johnnetta B. Cole
Meghan Elizabeth Freed '98
1999 Caroline Elizabeth Green '99
Anna Quindlen
2000 Mary Patterson McPherson
Elisabeth Fonda Snell '00
2001 Suzan-Lori Parks
Lena K. Zuckerwise '01
2002 Sara Rose Curtin '02
Queen Noor of Jordan
2003 Judy Blume
Chiara Davis Fuller '03
2004 Kim Campbell
Stacey Rose Pulmano '04
2005 Claudia Y. Calhoun '05
Nina Totenberg
2006 Margaret L. McDermott '06
Joyce Carol Oates
2007 Wendy Kopp
Sara E. Richards '07
2008 Sally J. Brzozowski '08
Carol Gilligan
2009 Caitlin Mary Healey '09
Mary McAleese
2010 Sarah Elahi '10
Gail Collins
2011 Zehra Nabi '11
Martha Craven Nussbaum
2012 Tamar Spitz '12
Azar Nafisi
2013 Jenna McCutcheon Ruddock '13
Kavita N. Ramdas