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University of Connecticut Commencement & Convocation

Graduate Commencement Speakers in the 2000s

2000

Graduate School - Rita R. Colwell

Colwell was director of the National Science Foundation.

School of Law - Harold Hongju Koh

Koh was assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor.

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - Hunter (Patch) Adams

Adams was a hysician whose philosophy of dispensing humor with medicine was the basis for the film "Patch Adams".

2001

Graduate School - Lester Brown

Brown was founder and president of Worldwatch Institute.

School of Law - Clare Dalton

Dalton was the Matthews Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern University School of Law.

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - John G. Rowland

Rowland was governor of Connecticut (R-Conn. 1995-2004) and a former U.S. Congressman (R-Conn. 3rd Dist.)

2002

Graduate School - Frene Ginwala

Ginwala was speaker of the South African National Assembly and leader of the African National Congress.

School of Law - Patricia McGowan Wald

Wald was a former judge with the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - Judah Folkman

Folkman was director of the Vascular Biology Program at Children's Hospital in Boston.

2003

Graduate School - Arthur Levitt

Levitt was senior advisor with The Carlyle Group and a former chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

School of Law - Albie Sachs

Saches was a justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - Dushanka Kleinman

Kleinman was deputy director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health.

2004

Graduate School - Gene E. Likens

Likens was director of the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y.

School of Law - Dennis Wayne Archer

Archer was the mayor of Detroit, Michigan.

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - Francisco Jimenez

Jimenez was professor of modern languages & ethnic studies and director of the Ethnic Studies Program at Santa Clara University.

2005

Graduate School - Jonathan Fanton

Fanton was president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

School of Law - Morris Sheppard Arnold

Arnold was a judge with the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - Antonia Novello

Novello was Surgeon General of the United States from 1990-1993.

2006

Graduate School - Arthur Caplan

Caplan was chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

School of Law - The Honorable Allyson Duncan

Duncan was a juudge with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - Francis S. Collins

Cokllins was director of the Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

2007

Graduate School - Wolfgang Ketterle

Ketterle was the John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics at MIT and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001.

School of Law - Shirin Ebadi

Ebadi was founder and leader of the Association for Support of Children's Rights in Iran.

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - Charles Bertolami

Bertolami was dean of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry and president-elect of the American Dental Education Association.

School of Pharmacy (PharmD) - Robin Bogner

Bogner was associate professor at UConn and pharmacy “Teacher of the Year”.

2008

Graduate School - Garry Wills

Wills was a scholar and journalist and recipient of numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize.

School of Law - Chase T. Rogers

Rogers was chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - Dr. Pauline Chen

Chen was a transplant surgeon and author of "Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality"

School of Pharmacy (PharmD) - Gerald Gianutsos

Gianutos was a UConn associate professor of pharmacology.

2009

Graduate School - Robert Sternberg

Sternberg was dean of the Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences.

School of Law - Sheila Bair

Bair was chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and formerly professor of financial regulatory policy at the Isenberg School of Management at UMass-Amherst.

Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - Keith Batchelder

Batchelder was founder and chief executive officer of Genomic Healthcare Strategies.

School of Pharmacy (PharmD) - Victor Yanchick

Yanchick was dean of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Pharmacy.

 

Information on the History of Commencement pages was researched and compiled by Mark J. Roy