2000 - May 20
Christopher J. Dodd
Dodd (D-Conn.) was the state's senior U.S. senator.
2001 - May 19
Paige was U.S. Secretary of Education; former Superintendent of Schools, City of Houston (1994-2001); and 2001 National Superintendent of the Year.
2002 - May 18
John G. Rowland
Rowland was governor of Connecticut (R-Conn. 1995-2004) and a former U.S. Congressman (R-Conn. 3rd Dist.)
2003 - May 17
Paine was a reporter and columnist with Newsday and was a member of the UConn Class of 1964.
2003 - December
Chang-Diaz was an astronaut and a member of the UConn Class of 1973. He delivered the first commencement address at a December ceremony.
2004 - May 8
Rowe was chair of the UConn Board of Trustees and chairman and chief executive officer of Aetna Inc.
2004 - December
Neier was president of the Open Society Institute, a private grant-making foundation.
2005 - May 7
Aguirre was the first director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (2003-2005) and U. S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra (2005-2009).
2005 - December 18
Ballard was a marine scientist and he discovered the wreck of H.M.S. Titanic in 1985. He also was head of the Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration, Mystic, Conn
2006 - May 6/7
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro
DeLauro, (D-Conn. - 3rd Dist), served on the Appropriations Committee, the Labor, Health and Human Services Committee, and the Education Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
2006 - December
Robert E. Diamond Jr.
Diamond was president of Barclays PLC and received an MBA at UConn in 1977.
2007 - May 5
Main Ceremony - Fay Weldon
Weldon was a British novelist, essayist, and screenwriter.
School of Fine Arts - Christopher Keen Donovan
Donovan was an Emmy-nominated director and technical director, and a member of the UConn Class of '69.
Neag School of Education - Ray Neag
Neag was a business leader and philanthropist and member of the UConn Class of 1956.
2007 - December 16
The ceremony was canceled due to inclement weather. The scheduled speaker, Bunch was founder and executive director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University.
2008 - May 10/11
College of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture - Roger Newton
Newton, a 1974 UConn graduate, was managing director of Esperance BioVentures and an adjunct associate professor of pharmacology at the University of Michigan Medical School.
School of Business -Denis J. Nayden
Nayden, a UConn graduate (1976 BA, 1977 MBA), was managing partner of Oak Hill Capital, a private equity firm, and a member of UConn's Board of Trustees.
Center for Continuing Studies (BGS) - Valerie Lewis
Lewis was a former commissioner of Higher Education for the State of Connecticut.
Neag School of Education - U.S. Rep. John Larson
Larson, (D-1st Dist) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee, and was a former Connecticut state senator (D-3rd Dist.).
School of Engineering - Kevin Bouley and Paul Adams
Bouley was president and CEO of NERAC Inc., of Tolland, a global technology and IP advisory research firm; Adams was vice president of engineering at Pratt & Whitney.
School of Fine Arts: Joseph Volpe
Volpe was director of strategic development in the Theatre Projects Consultant's Connecticut office and former general manager of the Metropolitan Opera.
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: Rebecca Lobo
Lobo, a UConn graduate (Class of 1995, CLAS), was a women’s basketball broadcast analyst, an author, and a UConn trustee. She was the forward/center on UConn's 1995 undefeated national champion women’s basketball team.
School of Nursing: Peggy L. Chinn
Chinn was a UConn professor emerita of nursing and internationally renowned nurse theorist.
School of Pharmacy - Samuel Kalmanowitz
Kalmanowitz was an entrepreneur and UConn School of Pharmacy graduate (Class of 1961) who started his own community pharmacy in 1963 (Kaye’s Pharmacy, Meriden, Conn.).
2008 - December
Denis M. McCarthy
McCarthy was the retired chairman, CEO and president of Fidelity Management Trust Co., a subsidiary of Fidelity Investments. He received a bachelor’s degree at UConn in 1964, a master’s degree in 1965, was co-chair of UConn’s capital campaign, and was a member of the UConn Foundation board of directors.
2009 - May 9/10
College of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture - William Finch
Finch was mayor of Bridgeport and received a bachelor of sciences degree in agricultural economics at UConn in 1979.
School of Business - John Kim
Kim was president and chief executive officer of New York Life Investments and received his masters of business administration from UConn in 1987.
Center for Continuing Studies (BGS) - Chandler Howard
Howard was president and chief executive officer of Liberty Bank and received a bachelor of general studies degree at UConn in 1992.
Neag School of Education - Richard Schwab
Schwab was dean of UConn's Neag School of Education.
School of Engineering - Sharon Nunes
Nunes was vice president of Big Green Innovations at IBM.
School of Fine Arts - Gary English
English was a UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, artistic director of the Connecticut Repertory Theatre, and head of the Department of Dramatic Arts.
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Timothy Shriver
Shriver was chairman and chief executive officer of Special Olympics and received his doctorate in special education at UConn in 1997.
School of Nursing - Eleanor Krohn Herrmann
Hermann was curator of the School of Nursing’s Josephine A. Dolan Collection of artifacts and emeritus professor of nursing.
School of Pharmacy - Jennifer Osowiecki
Osowieicki was a healthcare and litigation attorney and partner in the Hartford law firm of Cox & Osowiecki.
Information on the History of Commencement pages was researched and compiled by Mark J. Roy