Commencement Speakers & Honorary Degree Recipients 1950-1959

1826-1890 | 1891-1920 | 1921-1939 | 1940-1949 | 1950-1959 | 1960-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-
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No.DateCommencement SpeakerHonorary Degrees
142Jan. 27, 1950Gen. Omar N. Bradley, Chairman,
Joint Chief of Staff, Department of Defense
Omar N. Bradley; D.Eng.
Don G. Mitchell; D.Eng.
James W. Parker; D.Eng.
143June 9, 1950Harry Stanley Rogers, President,
Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn
Lucius D. Clay; D.Eng.
James D. Cunningham; D.Eng.
John W. Doty; D.Eng.
Harry S. Rogers; D.Eng.
C. Guy Suits; D.Eng.
144Jan. 26, 1951Brehon Burke Somervell, General President,
Koppers Company, Inc.
Austin D. Barney; D.Eng.
William P. Creager; D.Eng.
Hugh L. Dryden; D.Eng.
G. Keith Funston; LL.D.
Brehon B. Somervell; D.Eng.
145June 8, 1951Earl James McGrath,
U.S. Commissioner of Ed.
Shortridge Hardesty; D.Eng.
Earl J. McGrath; LL.D.
Alfredo Medina V.; D.Eng.
Maurice L. Tainter; D.Sc.
146June 6, 1952Barry Truman Leithead, President,
Cluett, Peabody & Company, Inc.
Edward D. Blackwell; C.E.
James M. Caird; D.Eng.
Sanford L. Cluett; D.Eng.
Piero Ferrerio; D.Eng.
Crawford H. Greenewalt; D.Eng.
Walter E. Irving; D.Eng.
Charles F. Kettering; C.E.
Barry T. Leithead; D.Eng.
Lenox R. Lohr; C.E.
Carlton S. Proctor; C.E.
Roberto Vergara; D.Eng.
147June 5, 1953David Barnard Steinman, Consulting EngineerCarter Davidson; D.Sc.
Clarence W. Higbee; C.E.
Roberto N. Jafet; D.Eng.
Otto H. Shade; D.Eng.
David V. Steinman; D.Eng.
148June 11, 1954Emil H. Praeger ’15, Consulting EngineerPaul H. Conway; C.E.
Albert M. Kahn; C.E.
Kenneth R. Patrick; D.Eng.
Emil H. Praeger; D.Eng.
William P. Tolley; LL.D.
149June 10, 1955Lewis A. Wilson, President, NYS Commissioner of EducationRichard S. M. Emrich; LL.D.
Benjamin F. Fairless; D.Eng.
George D. Hughey; C.E.
Henry Cabot Lodge; LL.D.
Oscar Mazzei; D.Eng.
John Tee-Van; D.Sc.
Arnold J. Toynbee; LL.D.
Lewis A. Wilson; D.Sc.
150June 8, 1956John P. Myers, Chancellor, Board of RegentsWilliam P. Gwinn; D.Eng.
Ajudhia N. Khosla; D.Eng.
John P. Myers; LL.D.
Miguel Villa; D.Eng.
151June 7, 1957Bertram D. Tallamy ’25, Federal Highway
Administrator, U.S. Bureau of Public Roads
Mervin S. Coover; D.Eng.
Edward P. Hamilton; D.Eng.
Sheppard T. Powell; C.E.
Irving M. Stein; D.Sc.
Bertram D. Tallamy; D.Eng.
152June 6, 1958Robert Paxton ’23, President, General ElectricW. Averell Harriman; LL.D.
Carroll V. Newsom; D.Sc.
Robert Paxton; D.Eng.
Monroe E. Spaght; D.Sc.
Robert G. Sproul; LL.D.
Howard I. Young; D.Eng.
153June 5, 1959Samuel C. Waugh, President, Export-Import BankGeorge Havas; D.Eng.
J. Erik Jonsson; D.Eng.
Samuel C. Waugh; LL.D.