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Alex Smith, NFL Quarterback and University of Utah Alum, to Deliver 2014 Commencement Address

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Alex Smith, quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, U graduate and generous philanthropist is the U's 2014 commencement speaker. He will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for his dedication and inspiration – on and off the field of play.

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"Frozen” Screenwriter/Director Jennifer Lee ‘92 is UNH 2014 Commencement Speaker

The first woman to direct an animated feature film for Walt Disney Animation Studios, Academy Award®-winner Jennifer Lee, will deliver the University of New Hampshire commencement address Saturday, May 17, 2014.

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Wynton Marsalis to Address Tulane University Graduates

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New Orleans native and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters and deliver the keynote address to graduates at Tulane University’s Commencement 2014, which will be held at 9 a.m., May 17 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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Global Leader in Study of HIV/AIDS to Speak at Commencement

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Dr. Deborah L. Birx, a renowned international expert in the field of HIV/AIDS, will be the featured speaker at Union's 220th Commencement, College officials announced today. Approximately 525 students in the Class of 2014 will receive degrees during the ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, June 15, on Hull Plaza. Birx will receive an honorary doctorate of science degree.

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Celebrity Chef José Andrés to Deliver Commencement Address at the George Washington University, May 18

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World-renowned chef José Andrés will address graduates of the George Washington University at its 2014 Commencement. The James Beard winner is known for his restaurants, his PBS television series, his food advocacy work and his GW class, “The World on a Plate: How Food Shapes Civilization.”

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Baseball Hall of Famer Tony La Russa to deliver WUSTL’s Commencement address

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Tony La Russa, who recently was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and is considered one of the best managers in baseball history, has been selected to give the 2014 Commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis. The university’s 153rd Commencement ceremony is 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 16, in Brookings Quadrangle on the Danforth Campus.

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Fed Chair Janet Yellen, Yankees Pitching Great Mariano Rivera, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, Singer Aretha Franklin, and Distinguished Attorney Martin Edelman to Receive Honorary Degrees at NYU’s 2014 Commencement in New York

NYU President John Sexton and Board of Trustees Chairman Martin Lipton today announced the names of those to be honored at the University’s 182nd Commencement Exercises, which will be held Wednesday, May 21st, at Yankee Stadium.

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U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus to Speak at U.Va. Final Exercises

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Ray Mabus, the U.S. Secretary of the Navy, will deliver the commencement address at the University of Virginia’s 185th Final Exercises on May 18. The former governor of Mississippi and ambassador to Saudi Arabia will speak on the Lawn following the traditional academic procession.

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Emmy Award–Winning Writer Chris Regan Selected as Ithaca College Commencement Speaker

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Emmy Award–winner Chris Regan, a 1989 graduate of Ithaca College, has been selected to deliver the main address at the college’s 2014 Commencement ceremony, scheduled for May 18.

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Saint Joseph's University Announces 2014 Commencement Speakers

Saint Joseph’s University will grant honorary degrees to Frannie and James J. Maguire ’58 and David Hollenbach, S.J. ’64, Ph.D., at the 2014 Commencement ceremonies, which are set for Saturday, May 17.

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