Commencement Speakers Announced: Babson, Chicago Theological, Fashion Institute, LaGuardia CC, Pace, Pitzer, Polytechnic NYU, Randolph-Macon, U. of Maryland College Park.

The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2013:


  • Babson College: Patrick Awuah Jr., founder and president of Ashesi University College, in Ghana; and Kip Tindell, chairman and CEO of the Container Store.
  • Chicago Theological Seminary: Ray Suarez, a senior correspondent with "PBS NewsHour."
  • Fashion Institute of Technology: Fern Mallis, who created New York Fashion Week, and Rebecca Minkoff, the designer.
  • LaGuardia Community College: Lloyd Blankfein, the chairman and CEO of the Goldman Sachs Group.
  • Pace University: Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York; Joel I. Klein, CEO of Amplify; Michael Clinton, publishing executive at Hearst Magazines; and Malachy E. Mannion, a U.S. district court judge.
  • Pitzer College: Jon Lovett, former speechwriter for President Obama and co-creator of the NBC show "1600 Penn."
  • Polytechnic Institute of New York University: S. James Gates Jr., the John S. Toll Professor and director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at the University of Maryland at College Park.
  • Randolph-Macon College: Katie Couric, host of "Katie."
  • University of Maryland at College Park: Cal Ripken, the former Baltimore Oriole player.