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Select Commencement Speakers

1952

Robert Whitney Bolwell

1957

Ward Darley

1960

Alec Horwitz (School of Medicine)

1961

Calvin Darlington Linton, James E. Webb

1962

Glenn T. Seaborg

1963

Henery Townley Heald, William C. Foster

1964

John W. McCormak, John W. McCormack, William J. Brennan, Jr., Oswald Colclough

1965

John Mathews

1967

Elmer Louis Kayser, Patrick Dean, Barnaby Keeney

1968

George Winchester Stone, Jr., Kingman Brewster, Jr.

1969

Earl Warren, Harold Leventhal (National Law Center), Edmund Sixtus Muskie

1970

Judson Graves Randolph (School of Medicine), Mayor Walter Washington, William Thomas Pecora, Stephen Russell Woodzell, Judson Hartman Elliot, Mildred Sandison Fenner

1971

Julius Axelrod, Ernst Webber, Rashi Fein (School of Medicine), Harold Frederick Bright

1972

L. Patrick Gray III, Paul Grant Rogers (School of Medicine), Joseph Davies Tydings (School of Medicine), Samuel James Ervin, Jr.

1973

John Rusten Hogness (School of Medicine), Nancy Hanks, Arthur Frank Burns

1974

Albert Bruce Sabin, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross (School of Medicine), Leon Jaworski (National Law Center), Ronald Berman

1975

Dan Rather (National Law Center), Dean Rusk, James William Fulbright, Lewis Thomas (School of Medicine), James Patrick Gibbons, Jr., Millicent Hammond Fenwick

1976

Charles Johnston Hitch, John Patrick Walsh, Sidney Dillon Ripley, Rosario Beringueluy, Roderick MacLeish, David Lloyd Kreeger, Theodore Cooper (School of Medicine), Edward George Uhl, Mark O. Hatfield, Harry McPherson (National Law Center)

1977

Bernard MacGregor Walker Knox, Dave Darland, James Pierce Chambers, Warren Bennis, Dwight David Darland, Frank Nelson Miller, Jr. (School of Medicine), Sarah Tilghman Hughes (National Law Center), Gilbert, James Arthur Robinson

1978

John Philip Whalen, Franz Joseph Ingelfinger (School of Medicine), Mortimer Maxwell Caplin (National Law Center), Neville Kanakaratna, J. Carter Brown

1979

Colin M. Turnbull, Wade Hampton McCree, Jr. (National Law Center), Lee A. Iacocca, Harold A. Wheeler, Lisle C. Carter, David Lionel Bazelon, Wade H. McCree, Jr., Paul Grant Rogers

1980

Carl Thomas Rowan, Irving Kristol, Sam W. Brown (National Law Center), Grift Terry Ross (School of Medicine), Thomas K. Minter

1981

Captain Grace Murray Hopper, Charles McC. Mathias, Jr., Charles McCurdy Mathias, Jr., Warren Earl Burger (National Law Center), J. Antonio Edosso, H. Guyrord Stever, Elliot Richardson, Helen Caldicott (School of Medicine)

1982

John Willard Marriott, Jr., Robert Sargent Shriver (National Law Center), Norman Cousins

1983

John A.D. Cooper (School of Medicine), Robert Breckenridge Ware MacNeil, Peter G. Peterson

1984

Silvio Ottavio Conte, James M. Shannon (National Law Center), Vincent Theodore DeVita, Jr. (School of Medicine), Henry Gabriel Cisneros

1985

Donald S. Frederickson (School of Medicine), Harold Herman Greene (National Law Center), Victor Kermit Kiam II, Stephen Scott Bell

1986

Charles Spittal Robb (National Law Center), William Hodding Carter III, James Barnes Wyngaarden (School of Medicine)

1987

Alex Zwerdling, Richard Saxon Snell (School of Medicine), Robert William Packwood, Daniel Ken Inouye

1988

Maurice King Udall (National Law Center), T. Bone Pickens Jr., Susan King (School Without Walls), Samuel Osiah Thier (School of Medicine)

1989

Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, Dick Thornburgh, Louis Wade Sullivan (School of Medicine)

1990

Colin Powell, George Mitchell, Leighton Eggertson Cluff, Lawrence Douglas Wilder (National Law Center)

1991

Sharon Pratt Dixon (Law School), C. Everett Koop (School of Medicine)

1992

William P. Barr (Law School), David A. Kessler (School of Medicine)

1993

Donna Shalala

1994

Hillary Rodman Clinton, Joyce Hens Green (Law School)

1995

Elizabeth Dole, Harry A. Blackmun (Law School)

1996

Francis S. Collins

1997

Bill Cosby, Joseph F. Baca (Law School)

1998

Robert S. Dole, Eric H. Holder, Sr. (Law School)

1999

Anthony A. Williams (Law School), Desmond M. Tutu

2000

Madeleine Korbel Albright, William H. Rehnquist (Law School)

2001

Herman Wouk, Janet Reno (Law School)

2002

Ruth J. Simmons, George Mitchell (Law School)

2003

Gov. Mark Warner, Sandra Day O'Conner (Law School)

2004

Thomas Buergenthal (Law School), Adam Greenman and L. Trenton Marsh (students)

2005

Andy Rooney, Harry Reid (Law School)

2006

George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush, Dan Glickman (Law School)