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History of Graduate Commencement

Commencement Speakers in the 2000s

2000 Graduate School Graduate School

Director, National Science Foundation

School of Law Harold Hongju Koh

Assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine Hunter (Patch) Adams

Physician whose philosophy of dispensing humor along with medicine was the basis for the film "Patch Adams".

2001 Graduate School Lester Brown

Founder and President, Worldwatch Institute

School of Law Clare Dalton

Matthews Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern University School of Law

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine John G. Rowland

Governor, State of Connecticut; former U.S. Congressman (R-Conn. 3rd Dist.)

2002 Graduate School Frene Ginwala

Speaker of the South African National Assembly and leader of the African National Congress

School of Law Patricia McGowan Wald

Former judge, U.S. Court of Appeals

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine Judah Folkman

Director, Vascular Biology Program, Children's Hospital, Boston

2003 Graduate School Arthur Levitt

Senior Advisor, The Carlyle Group, former chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission

School of Law Albie Sachs

Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine Dushanka Kleinman

Deputy director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health

2004 Graduate School Gene E. Likens

Director of the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y.

School of Law Dennis Wayne Archer

Mayor of Detroit, Mich

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine Francisco Jimenez

Professor of Modern Languages & Ethnic Studies and Director, Ethnic Studies Program, Santa Clara University

2005 Graduate School Jonathan Fanton

President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

School of Law Morris Sheppard Arnold

Judge, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine
Antonia Novello

Surgeon General of the United States from 1990-1993

2006 Graduate School Arthur Caplan

Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

School of Law The Honorable Allyson Duncan

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine Francis S. Collins

Director of the Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

2007 Graduate School Wolfgang Ketterle

John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics at MIT and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001

School of Law Shirin Ebadi

Founder and leader of the Association for Support of Children's Rights in Iran

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine Charles Bertolami

Dean of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry and president-elect of the American Dental Education Association

School of Pharmacy (PharmD) Robin Bogner

Associate professor and Pharmacy “Teacher of the Year”

2008 Graduate School Garry Wills

Scholar and journalist and recipient of numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize

School of Law Chase T. Rogers

Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine Dr. Pauline Chen

Transplant surgeon and author of "Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality"

School of Pharmacy (PharmD) Gerald Gianutsos

UConn associate professor of pharmacology

2009 Graduate School Robert Sternberg

Dean, Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences and an internationally recognized scholar and professor in the fields of psychology, education, and management

School of Law Sheila Bair

Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. since 2006, previously Dean’s Professor of Financial Regulatory Policy at the Isenberg School of Management at UMass-Amherst

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine Keith Batchelder

Founder and chief executive officer of Genomic Healthcare Strategies, which specializes in the changes in healthcare resulting from advances in molecular medicine

School of Pharmacy (PharmD) Victor Yanchick

Dean of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Pharmacy

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