Speakers & Honorary Degree Recipients


2016 Commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Speaker
John Kerry

Graduate Commencement Ceremony Speaker
Charles Elachi



2015 Undergraduate Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient
David Muir
Doctor of Media

2015 Honorary Degree Recipients - Undergraduate Ceremony:

Lawrence S. Bacow, pres­i­dent emer­itus of Tufts Uni­ver­sity
Vanessa Kerry, co-​​founder and 
CEO of Seed Global Health
Gabriel Jaramillo, former chairman, pres­i­dent, and 
CEO at San­tander Hold­ings USA

2015 Graduate School Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient
Wayne Clough
Doctor of Engineering and Humane Letters


2014 Undergraduate Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient
Janet Napoli­tano
Doctor of Public Service

2014 Honorary Degree Recipients - Undergraduate Commencement

LL Cool J
Doctor of Arts

Wade Davis II
Doctor of Public Service

2014 Graduate School Ceremony Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient

Victor J. Dzau
Doctor of Science

2014 Honorary Degree Recipient - Graduate Ceremony
Donald G. Comb
Doctor of Science


2013 Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

Jim Yong Kim, pres­i­dent of the World Bank 

2013 honorary degree recipients

Nikesh Arora

Bar­bara Lynch

Jack D. Bryant

Mar­garet Wood Hassan

First Respon­ders and Law Enforce­ment Rep­re­sented by Edward F. Davis III