5-18-12: The Commencement Speech

May 18, 2012 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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Over the next week, more than a dozen colleges and universities in Maryland will graduate their students and send them off into the world.  Commencement ceremonies mean…commencement addresses.

It seems like the custom of speaking to the graduates has been around forever. Certainly, some of the speeches seem to go on forever. But some manage to leave an indelible mark on those who hear them, and even on our culture.

Today Sheilah talks about the history of commencement speeches with commencement expert Paula Youra, professor and chair of Lynchburg College’s communications studies department. We also hear from Liz Medcalf, who’s on the commencement committee at Frostburg State University in western Maryland, about why Frostburg has their students speak instead of the big shots.

Upcoming commencements

May 18, 2012

Bowie State
Caryl M. Stern, President/CEO of U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Goucher College
Ira Glass, This American Life

McDaniel College
authors Nora Roberts and Jane Bryant Quinn

University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator

University of Maryland at Baltimore
Freeman Hrabowski, president, UMBC

May 19, 2012

Coppin State University
Jean Fugett, attorney, former NFL player

Frostburg State University
Students Mitchell Hall, Hannah Schott and Lydia Valenta

Hood College
Bill Strickland, author of Make the Impossible Possible

Loyola University Maryland
Father Greg Boyle, director and founder of Homeboy Industries

Morgan State University
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Salisbury University

University of Maryland College Park
John Berry, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management

May 21, 2012

University of Maryland Baltimore County
Subra Suresh, Director of National Science Foundation (undergraduate)
Dr. Rebecca Blank, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce (graduate)

May 23 to 25

Towson University

May 23 to 29

United States Naval Academy

May 24, 2012

Johns Hopkins University
Sam Palmisano, Chairman of the Board, IBM

May 26, 2012

College of Notre Dame of Maryland
Sean McManus, CBS Sports Chairman

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