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Commencement Address Speakers

1864 – Henry Giles, Esq.

1866 – Governor Bullock

1867 – Governor Bullock

1868 – Governor Bullock

1876 – Governor Rice

1880 – Governor Long

1881 – Governor Long

1883 – Governor Butler

1884 – Governor Robinson

1885 – Governor Robinson

1886 – Governor Robinson

1887 – Governor Oliver Ames

1888 – Rev. John J. Keane (Gov. Robinson was scheduled but couldn’t attend due to illness)

1889 – (Gov. Robinson was scheduled but couldn’t attend due to illness)

1890 – Governor Brackett

1891 – Governor Russell

1894 – Rev. John J. Power (Gov. Frederick T. Greenhalge was scheduled but couldn’t attend)

1895 – Governor Frederick T. Greenhalge

1896 – Governor Roger Wolcott

1897 – Governor Roger Wolcott

1898 – Rev. Bishop Beaven (Gov. Wolcott was scheduled but could not attend)

1899 – Governor Roger Wolcott

1900 – Governor Roger Wolcott

1901 – Rev. Bishop Beaven (Gov. Crane was scheduled but could not attend)

1902 – Rev. Bishop Beaven

1903 – Rev. Bishop Beaven

1904 – Rev. Bishop Beaven

1905 – President Theodore Roosevelt

1906 – Governor Curtis Guild

1907 – Governor Curtis Guild

1908 – Governor Curtis Guild

1909 – Governor Eben S. Draper

1910 – Governor Eben S. Draper

1911 – Eugene N. Foss

1912 – Eugene N. Foss (scheduled but never attended)

1913 – Governor David I. Walsh

1914 – Governor David I. Walsh

1915 – Governor David I. Walsh

1916 – Governor Samuel W. McCall 

1917 – Governor Samuel W. McCall                                                                       

1918 – Governor Samuel W. McCall           

1919 – Governor Calvin Coolidge                                                                                                         

1920 – Governor Calvin Coolidge

1921 – Governor Channing H. Cox

1922 – Governor Channing H. Cox

1923 – Governor Channing H. Cox

1924 – Governor Channing H. Cox

1925 – Governor Alvan T. Fuller

1926 – Governor Alvan T. Fuller

1927 – Governor Alvan T. Fuller

1928 – Governor Alvan T. Fuller

1929 – Governor Frank G. Allen

1930 – Governor Frank G. Allen

1931 – Governor Joseph B. Ely

1932 – Governor Joseph B. Ely

1933 – Governor Joseph B. Ely

1934 – Governor Joseph B. Ely

1935 – Governor James M. Curley

1936 – Governor James M. Curley

1937 – Governor Charles F. Hurley

1938 – Governor Charles F. Hurley

1939 – Governor Leverett H. Saltonstall

1940 – Governor Leverett H. Saltonstall

1941 – Governor Leverett H. Saltonstall

1942 – Governor Leverett H. Saltonstall

1943 – Governor Leverett H. Saltonstall

1944 – Senator David I. Walsh, LL.D., February 27th

1944 – J. Edgar Hoover, June 29th

1948 – Governor Robert F. Bradford

1945 – Governor Maurice J. Tobin

1946 – Governor Maurice J. Tobin

1947 – Governor Robert F. Branford

1948 – Governor Robert F. Branford

1949 – Governor Paul A. Dever

1950 – Governor Paul A. Dever

1951 – Governor Paul A. Dever

1952 – Governor Paul A. Dever
1953 – Governor Christian A. Herter

1954 – Governor Christian A. Herter

1955 – Governor Christian A. Herter

1956 – Governor Christian A. Herter

1957 – Governor Foster Furcolo

1958 – Governor Foster Furcolo

1959 – Governor Foster Furcolo

1961 – Governor John A. Volpe

1962 – Governor John A. Volpe

1963 – Governor Endicott Peabody

1964 – President Lyndon B. Johnson

1965 – Governor John A. Volpe

1966 – Governor John A. Volpe

1967 – Governor John A. Volpe

1968 – Governor John A. Volpe

1969 – Governor Francis W. Sargent

1970 – Rev. Raymond J. Swords

1971 – Michael Harrington

1972 – Bill Moyers

1973 – Rev. Daniel Berrigan, SJ

1974 – Art Buchwald

1975 – Dr. Mabel Lang

1976 – Jimmy Breslin

1977 – Senator Edward M. Kennedy

1978 – Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.

1979 – Eunice Kennedy Shriver

1980 – George F. Will

1981 – Helen Hayes

1982 – Garry Wills

1983 – Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Archbishop of Chicago

1984 – Governor Mario M. Cuomo

1985 – Paul H. Nitze

1986 – Peter V. Ueberroth

1987 – Senator Bill Bradley

1988 – Art Buchwald

1989 – Bryant Gumbel

1990 – Rev. Timothy S. Healy, S.J.

1991 – Kenneth L. Woodward

1992 – Senator John C. Danforth

1993 – Vivian W. Pinn, M.D.

1994 – Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez

1995 – Cathy E. Minehan

1996 – Brian P. Lamb

1997 – Martin C.M. Lee

1998 – Maria Shriver

1999 – John F. Smith, Jr.

2000 – G. Timothy Johnson, M.D.

2001 – William J. McDonough

2002 – Billy Collins

2003 – Christopher Matthews

2004 – Shirley Ann Jackson

2005 – Timothy Russert

2006 – Robert C. Wright

2007 – John G. Roberts, Jr.

2008 – Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

2009 – Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.

2010 – Mark Shriver

2011 – Marilynne Robinson

2012 – Dr. Paul Edward Farmer

2013 – Anne Fadiman

2014 – Jon Favreau

2015 – Bryan Stevenson

2016 – Harry K. Thomas, Jr.

2017 – James J. O’Connell, M.D.

2018 – Michele Norris