Graduate Commencement Speakers in the 1980s


Graduate School - Jaraoslav Pelikan
Pelikan was Sterling Professor of History at Yale University
School of Law - Ellen Bree Burns
Burns was a federal judge with the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - Jean Mayer
Mayer was president of Tufts University.


Graduate School - Robert W. Blanchette
Blanchette was director of the Federal Railroad Administration and was named a University Scholar at his graduation from UConn in 1953.
School of Law - Derrick Bell
Bell was dean of the Oregon School of Law.
Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - Homer D. Babbidge, Jr.
Babbidge, former president of UConn (1962-1972) was president of the Hartford Graduate Center.


Graduate School - Edward J. Bloustein
Bloustein was president of Rutgers University.
School of Law - Grant Gilmore
Gilmore was professor emeritus at Yale Law School.
Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - Ann R. Somers
Somer was professor of family medicine, at the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey


Graduate School - Lattie F. Coor
Coor was president of the University of Vermont.
School of Law - Jack B. Weinstein
Weinstein was chief judge with the U. S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York.
Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - Arnold S. Relman
Relman was editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.


Graduate School - Robert W. Rosenzweig
Rosenzweig was president of the Association of American Universities.
School of Law - Jon O. Newman
Newman was a judge with the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.
Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - Howard H. Hiatt
Hiatt was dean of the Harvard School of Public Health


Graduate School - Ernest L. Boyer
Boyer was president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
School of Law - Thomas I. Emerson
Emerson was Lines Professor Emeritus of Law at, Yale University.
Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - John J. Paris, S.J.
Paris was professor of social ethics at the College of the Holy Cross


Graduate School - Mary Hatwood Futrell
Futrell was president of the National Education Association.
School of Law - Ellen Ash Peters
Peters was cheif justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - Joseph Califano
Califano was U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare (1977-1979)


Graduate School - Donald M. Stewart
Stewart was president of The College Board
School of Law - José Cabranes
Cabranes, a former educator, was a U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.
Weicker was a U.S. Senator (R-Conn.).


Graduate School - Dorothy C. Goodwin
Goodwin was a member of the the Connecticut State Board of Education,a former State Representative (D-54, Mansfield), and former UConn assistant provost and director of Institutional Research.
School of Law - Jacob Zeldes
Zeldes was an attorney at law with Zeldes, Needle and Cooper.
Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - Joseph M. Healey, Jr.
Healey was associate professor of community medicine and health care at the UConn School of Medicine.


Graduate School - John Archibald Wheeler
Wheeler was the Joseph Henry Professor of Physics, emeritus, at Princeton University, and the Ashbel Smith and Jane and Roland Blumberg Professor, emeritus, at the University of Texas, Austin.
School of Law - Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.
Weicker was president of Research! America, a former U.S. Senator (R-Conn.) and former Governor (I-Conn.).
Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine - James F. Childress
Childress was professor of religious studies and professor of medical education at the University of Virginia


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