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History of Graduate Commencement

Commencement Speakers in the 2000s

2010 Graduate School Scott S. Cowen

Scott S. Cowen, president of Tulane University in New Orleans, was the keynote speaker and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Cowen earned his bachelor’s degree from UConn in 1968. Named one of the 10 Best College Presidents in the United States by TIME Magazine in 2009, he was one of only four recipients nationwide of the Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award.

School of Law Linda Greenhouse

Linda Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School, who for 30 years covered the U.S. Supreme Court for The New York Times. During her career at the Times, Greenhouse won a Pulitzer Prize, the American Political Science Association’s Carey McWilliams award, the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine Samuel Shem

Samuel Shem, pen name of Stephen Bergman, a physician, novelist, playwright, and activist. A graduate of Harvard College who earned an MD from Harvard Medical School, Shem is a former Rhodes Scholar and was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for three decades. His 2008 novel, The Spirit of the Place, about a primary care doctor in a small town, won the National Best Book Award 2008 in General Fiction and Literature from USA Book News, and the Independent Publishers National Book Award in Literary Fiction 2009.

School of Pharmacy (PharmD) Joseph T. DiPiro

Joseph T. DiPiro is executive dean of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, University of South Carolina, and the Medical University of South Carolina. He is editor of The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. DiPiro was president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, is a fellow of the college, and has served on the Research Institute’s Board of Trustees.

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