University announces Commencement speakers

April 06, 2017

Two student hugging at graduation

We are proud to announce our Commencement speakers for our 10 ceremonies this May in the TD Bank Sports Center on our York Hill Campus.

  • Tyrone “Woody” Woodyard, vice president for communications at Sikorsky, will address the graduate ceremony for students earning advanced degrees in business, communications and education at 9 a.m., on May 13.
  • Juan Quintana, president of Sleepy Anesthesia Associates, will address graduate-degree recipients from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Health Sciences and Nursing, at 1 p.m., on May 13.
  • Justice Richard Robinson, of the Connecticut Supreme Court, will address School of Law degree recipients at 9 a.m., on May 14.
  • Jonathan LaPook, chief medical correspondent for CBS News, will deliver the Commencement address for the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine’s inaugural class at 1 p.m., on May 14.

Our undergraduate students will line up for six separate Commencement ceremonies on May 20 and 21:

  • John Geanakoplos, professor of economics at Yale University, will deliver the Commencement address to undergraduates who have completed their bachelor’s degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 20. Honorary degrees will go to Irish Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and Conor Kenny, managing director of Kenny’s Bookshop in Galway, Ireland.
  • Hap Klopp, founder and CEO of The North Face, will address the undergraduate business graduates. Frank Casanova II, ’80, a senior director for Apple Inc., will receive an honorary degree at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20.
  • Mary Leighton, executive director of Camp No Limits, will speak to the health sciences students earning bachelor’s degrees, at 5 p.m., on Saturday, May 20.
  • Michele Norris, former NPR host and special correspondent and founder of The Race Card Project, will deliver the Commencement address to students in the School of Communications at 9 a.m., on Sunday, May 21. Armen Keteyian, a correspondent for “60 Minutes Sports” and “60 Minutes,” will receive an honorary degree.
  • Mary Blankson, chief nursing officer at Community Health Center, will address undergraduate nursing graduates at 1 p.m., on Sunday, May 21.
  • Greg Oneglia, vice chairman of O&G Industries, addresses the School of Engineering graduates at 5 p.m., on Sunday, May 21.

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