2013 commencement speakers

May 11, 2013
Commencement speakers

Here is a list of commencement speakers at selected colleges and universities in the District, Maryland and Virginia.

President Bill Clinton delivered the commencement address at Howard University on Saturday, reminding the graduates: “You can't share the future unless you share the responsibility for building it."
The District
college/university date speaker
American May 11 Anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer
Catholic May 18 Poet and critic Dana Gioia
Gallaudet May 17 Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
George Washington May 19 Actress/activist Kerry Washington
Georgetown May 18 Lisa J. Shannon, founder of Run for Congo Women
Howard May 11 Former president Bill Clinton
Trinity Washington May 18 Community health leader Maria Gomez
University of the District of Columbia May 11 UDC Interim President James E. Lyons
Maryland
Bowie State May 17 First lady Michelle Obama
Johns Hopkins May 23 Neurosurgeon Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa
St. John’s May 12 James Schamus, chief executive of Focus Features
St. Mary’s May 11 Gov. Martin O’Malley
U.S. Naval Academy May 24 President Obama
University of Maryland at College Park May 19 Retired baseball star Cal Ripken Jr.
University of Maryland Baltimore County May 23 Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor
Virginia
George Mason May 18 U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner
Marymount May 19 NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd
Mary Washington May 11 Walgreens executive Steve Pemberton
University of Virginia May 19 Former U.S. senator James Webb
Virginia Tech May 17 Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger
Washington and Lee May 22 Religion professor Harlan R. Beckley
William and Mary May 12 FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III
Jenna Johnson writes about Maryland politics, including the General Assembly, the administration of Gov. Martin O'Malley and the 2014 election.
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