Commencement Speakers & Honorary Degree Recipients 1970-1979

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No.DateCommencement SpeakerHonorary Degrees
164June 12, 1970Lee Alvin DuBridge,
Science Advisor to the
President
Milton Brumer; D.Eng.
Lee A. DuBridge; D.Sc.
Livingston W. Houston; D.Eng.
Calhoun Norton; C.E.
Eduard C. Pestel; D.Eng.
165June 11, 1971Isaac Asimov, Science WriterIsaac Asimov; D.Sc.
Clay P. Bedford; D.Eng.
Royden C. Sanders, Jr. ‘38; C.E.
166June 9, 1972Alvin Toffler, Social HistorianRay Palmer Baker; D.Sc.
Kenneth A. Gibson; D.Eng.
Patrick E. Haggerty; D.Eng.
Alvin Toffler; D.Sc.
Jerome B. Wiesner; D.Eng.
167May 25, 1973Walter Joseph Hickel, EnvironmentalistDavid M. Darrin; C.E.
Richard G. Folsom; LL.D.
R. Buckminister Fuller; D.F.A.
Walter J. Hickel; LL.D.
Eugene McDermott; D.Sc.
Rodolfo Patron; D.Eng.
Casper W. Weinberger; LL.D.
168May 31, 1974Ivar Giaever, Research Physicist, GE Co.The Baron Bowden of Chesterfield; D.Sc.
Ivar Giaver; D.Sc.
Ralph B. Peck; D.Eng.
Robert C. Seamans, Jr.; D.Eng.
169June 6, 1975Carl Edward Sagan,
Director, Laboratory for Planetary Studies, Cornell University
Arthur M. Bueche; D.Eng.
Edgar M. Cortright; D.Eng.
Carl E. Sagan; D.Sc.
Arthur R. Taylor; D.H.L.
170May 14, 1976Walter Cronkite,
CBS News Anchor
Nathan Cohn; D.Eng.
Walter Cronkite; D.H.L.
Ruth Patrick; D.Sc.
171May 20, 1977Jacques-Yves Cousteau,
Explorer and Environmentalist
Jaques-Yves Cousteau; D.H.L.
Courtland D. Perkins; D.Eng.
Charles C. Price; D.Sc.
Robert M. White; D.Sc.
172May 26, 1978Dixy Lee Ray,
Governor of Washington State
Ioeh Ming Pei; D.F.A.
Dixy Lee Ray; D.Sc.
Alan M. Voorhees; D.Eng.
173May 18, 1979Harry Andrew Blackmun,
Associate Justice of the
United States Supreme Court
Harry A. Blackmun; LL.D.
Walter A. Fallon; D.Sc.
Mark Sheppard, Jr.; D.Eng.