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Binghamton Commencement Speaker Overcomes Challenges of Delivering Speech on Jewish Day of Rest

Don Greenberg was thrilled to be announced as one of this year’s student Commencement speakers for Binghamton University’s Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. However, when he learned that his Commencement ceremony was on Shabbat, it appeared as if all hope was lost. Growing up as an Orthodox Jew, Shabbat had always been a time for Greenberg to spend with friends and family, while also resting. For many Jews, Shabbat is a time to disregard many of the typical demands of modernity, such as driving, using electronics, writing, cooking and other forms of “work.”

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Celebrated Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov to Deliver 2015 Commencement Address at Saint Louis University

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Celebrated Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov to Deliver 2015 Commencement Address at Saint Louis University May 16.

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Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, To Address Rensselaer Graduates at 209th Commencement

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Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, will address graduates on May 30 at the 209th Commencement Ceremony of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Ursinus Honors its Late President at 2015 Commencement

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President Bobby Fong and Suzanne Fong will "graduate" with the Class of 2015

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Broadcast Journalist Laura Ling to Deliver 2015 Commencement Address at Carthage College

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Six years ago at this time, Laura Ling was imprisoned in North Korea. Chosen as Carthage College’s 2015 Commencement speaker, she’ll share reflections from those terrifying months and other lessons she has gleaned from a career as an award-winning broadcast journalist.

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Top eBay Executive Devin Wenig ’88 to Speak at Commencement

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More than 500 students in the Class of 2015 will receive degrees during the ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, June 14,

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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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UMB Invites Author and Producer Wes Moore

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Wes Moore is a best-selling author, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and executive producer and host of a series with PBS on returning veterans called “Coming Back with Wes Moore".

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Award-Winning Author to Give Hamilton College Commencement Address

Award-winning author and journalist Christopher Dickey will deliver the Commencement address at Hamilton College on Sunday, May 25, at 10:30 a.m., in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. Dickey will be awarded an honorary degree, along with Deborah Bial, founder and president of the Posse Foundation, and Thomas Schwarz, a 1966 Hamilton graduate and president of Purchase College.

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UC Irvine's Paul Merage School of Business Announces Taco Bell CEO as Commencement Speaker

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Greg Creed, chief executive officer for Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., will give the commencement address at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business graduation ceremony to be held June 16, 2014, in the Bren Events Center on the UC Irvine campus.

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Michigan Tech Commencement Speaker: Former Astronaut, NFL Player

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Former astronaut and NFL football player Leland D. Melvin will be the speaker at Michigan Technological University's 2014 Spring Commencement.