Previous Commencement Speakers

(1981 - Present)

1981: Elizabeth Holtzman
1982: Kathryn Walker Taylor ’64
1983: Virginia L. Carter
1984: Shirley Chisholm
1985: Frances Tarlton Farenthold, former president of Wells College (1976-80)
1986: Naomi Tutu-Seavers
1987: Peter Jennings
1988: Garrison Keillor
1989: Geraldine Ferraro
1990: Frances Tarlton Farenthold, former president of Wells College (1976-80)
1991: David T. Kearns
1992: Cokie Roberts
1993: Chief Wilma Mankiller
1994: Carroll Wetzell Wilkinson ’68
1995: Pleasant T. Rowland ’62
1996: Constance Hall Buchanan ’69
1997: Kathryn Walker ’64
1998: Margaret Pericak-Vance ’73
1999: Sarah Weddington
2000: Gwen Webber-McLeod
2001: Joanne Shenandoah
2002: Frances Tarlton Farenthold, former president of Wells College (1976-80)
2003: Sally Roesch Wagner
2004: Catherine Bertini
2005: Patricia McGuire
2006: Antonia Novello
2007: Veryl Miles ’77
2008: Gail Leftwich Kitch
2009: Peggy Williams
2010: Gwen Webber-McLeod
2011: Laurie Munroe Abkemeier ’92
2012: Karen Frankel Blum ’67
2013: Margaret Pericak-Vance ’73
2014: Pleasant T. Rowland ’62
2015: Tracy Hope Davis ’86
2016: Jonathan Gibralter, president of Wells College
2017: Patricia Lewis ’80
2018: Christin L. Schaaf ’99
2019: Rebecca Haag ’74

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