Commencement Speakers & Honorary Degree Recipients

 

No.

Date

Commencment Speaker

Honorary Degree Recipients

185
May 17, 1991
Peter V. Ueberroth, Investor and Entrepreneur
Myles N. Brand ’64; D.H.L.
Elias J. Corey; D.Sc.
Hanna H. Gray; LL.D.
Paul C. Lauterbur; D.Eng.
Peter V. Ueberroth; D.H.L.
186
May 15, 1992
Thomas L. Clancy, Jr., Author
Thomas L. Clancy, Jr.; D.H.L.
Gordon E. Moore; D.Eng.
Arno A. Penzias; D.Sc.
187
May 14, 1993
Robert Resnick, Professor Physics
Ralph A. Alpher; D.Sc.
Max E. Bleck ’50; D.Eng.
Arthur Eisenkraft; D.Sc.
Richard Selzer; D.A.
188
May 20, 1994
Dr. William C. W. Mow ’59, Chairman & CEO, Bugle Boy Industries
Jewel Plummer Cobb; D.Sc.
Mary L. Good; D.Sc.
David T. Kearns; D.H.L.
Guy W. Numan ’53; D.Eng.
honors convocation
Nov. 4, 1994
Arthur E. Williams, ’62; D.Eng.
189
May 19, 1995
G. David Low, Astronaut, NASA
Evelyn Fox Keller; D.H.L.
G. David Low; D.Eng.
James W. Mitchell; D.Sc.
Arati Prabhakar; D.Eng.
190
May 17, 1996
Peter Eio, President, Lego Systems, Inc.
Philip M. Condit; D.Eng.
Peter Eio; LL.D.
Gertrude B. Elion; D.Sc.
Dean Kamen; D.Eng.
Wynton Marsalis; D.F.A.
191
May 16, 1997
Roland Schmidt, former president of RPI
Cindy J. Boyd; D.Sc.
James H. Clark; D.Eng.
Marcel J. Crochet; D.Eng.
Roland W. Schmitt; D.Eng.
Merritt Roe Smith; D.H.L.
192
May 15, 1998
Michael E. Herman ’62, President, Kansas City Royals
Michael E. Herman; D.H.L.
William J. LeMessurier; D.Eng.
Nam June Paik; D.F.A.
Paul A. Samuelson; D.Sc.
193
May 14, 1999
William S. Nye aka Bill Nye the Science Guy, Scientist/Inventor/Comedian/Author
Robert W. Galvin; D.Eng.
William S. Nye; D.Sc.
194
May 13, 2000
Rodney E. Slater, Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Transportation
Don L. Anderson ’55; D.Sc.
Daniel S. Goldin; D.Eng.
195
May 12, 2001
William H. Cosby Jr., Actor/Comedian/Educator
Vinton G. Cerf; D.Eng.
William H. Cosby Jr.; D.A.&H.L.
William J. Wilson; LL.D.
196
May 18, 2002
Dennis A. Tito ’64, Civilian Space Traveller
Robert T. Farrelly ’81; D.A.&H.L.
Claire M. Fraser ’77; D.Sc.
Ruth J. Simmons; D.Eng.
Dennis A. Tito ’64; D.Eng.
197
May 17, 2003
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Benjamin S. Carson Sr.; D.Sc.
Donna E. Shalala; LL.D.
Morris Silverman; LL.D.
Richard E. Smalley; D.Sc.
Robert M. Solow, Ph.D.
honors convocation
Oct. 26, 2003
Joseph L. Bruno; LL.D.
198
May 15, 2004
Robert Metcalfe, Internet Pioneer, Polaris Venture Partners
George Bugliarello; D.A.&H.L.
Donald B. Keck; D.Sc.
Robert M. Metcalfe; D.Eng.
Charles H. Thornton; D.Eng.
199
May 20, 2005
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator, New York; former First Lady of the U.S.
Hillary R. Clinton; LL.D.
Robert T. Coonrod; LL.D.Joe
Joé Juneau; D.H.L.
Samuel J. Malmisano; D.H.L.
Paul A. Volcker; LL.D.
200
May 21, 2006
Gen. Wesley K. Clark, CEO, Wesley K. Clark & Associates
Peter Q. Boblin ’58: D.A.
Santiago Calatrava; D.A.
Wesley K. Clark; LL.D.
Frederick W. Smith; LL.D.
201
May 19, 2007
Thomas Friedman, Best-selling Author; Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, New York Times
Thomas L. Friedman; D.H.L.
Don Hewitt; D.H.L.
Mae C. Jemison; D.Eng.
202
May 17, 2008
David Gergen, Political Analyst, Editor, Best-selling Author, and Harvard Professor
Charles F. Bolden Jr.; D.Eng.
David R. Gergen; LL.D.
Shirley M. Tilghman; D.Sc.
203

May 16, 2009

Peter Schwartz '68, Futurist, Business Strategist, Author and Co-founder of Global Business Network
Kenneth I. Chenault; LL.D.
Samuel Josefowitz ’42; D.Eng.
Robert C. Richardson; D.Sc.
Peter Schwartz; D.H.L.
204

May 29, 2010

Peter R. Orszag, noted economist and director of the Office of Mangagement and Budget
Robert S. Langer; D.Eng.
Peter R. Orszag; LL.D.
Neil deGrasse Tyson; D.Sc.
Harold E. Varmus; D.Sc.
205

May 28, 2011

Regina M. Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General and Vice Admiral
Regina M. Benjamin; D.H.L.
G. Wayne Clough; D.Eng.
Samuel F. Heffner Jr ’56; D.H.L.
206

May 26, 2012

Barton J. Gordon, Former U.S. House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee Chairman
Stephen Chu; D.Sc.
Edward A. Feigenbaum; D.Eng.
Bart J. Gordon; LL.D.
Steven J. Sasson ’77; D.Eng.
Hon. Antonin Scalia;LL.D.