Commencement Speakers & Honorary Degree Recipients 1980-1989

1826-1890 | 1891-1920 | 1921-1939 | 1940-1949 | 1950-1959 | 1960-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-

*Rensselaer president

No.

Date

Commencement Speaker

Honorary Degrees

174
May 16, 1980
Theodore Martin Hesburgh,
President,
Notre Dame University
Theodore M. Hesburgh; D.H.L.
J. Christopher Jaffe ’47; D.Sc.
James Lighthill; D.Eng.
175
May 15, 1981
Harrison Hagen Schmitt, U.S. Senator,
New Mexico
H. Joseph Gerber ’47; D.Eng.
Harrison H. Schmitt; D.Sc.
John B. Slaughter; D.Eng.
Rosalyn S. Yallow; D.Sc.
176
May 21, 1982
George A. Keyworth II, Director,
Office of Science & Technology Policy,
Executive Office of the U.S. President
Michael S. Brown; D.Sc.
Edward E. David, Jr.; D.Eng.
Joseph L. Goldstein; D.Sc.
George A. Keyworth II; D.Sc.
177
May 20, 1983
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator, NY
J. Dyson Freeman; D.Sc.
David McCullough; D.H.L.
Daniel P. Moynihan; LL.D.
John J. Redfern, Jr. ’33; LL.D.
honors
convocation
Oct. 12, 1983
Hugh L. Carey; LL.D.
John R. Opel; D.H.L.
Frank H. T. Rodes; D.H.L.
John F. Welch, Jr.; D.Eng.
178
May 18, 1984
Lt. General James A. Abrahamson,
Director of Strategic Defense Initiatives,
US Dept. of Defense
James A. Abrahamson; D.Eng.
John C. Polanyi; D.Sc.
Carl J. Thomsen ’38; LL.D.
179
May 17, 1985
Dr. Richard L. Garwin, Fellow,
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
Richard L. Garwin; D.Sc.
Percy A. Pierre; D.Eng.
Roger B. Smith; LL.D.
Kenneth D. Snelson; D.A.&H.L.
180
May 16, 1986
Garry B. Trudeau, Cartoonist and Author
Daniel Bell; D.Sc.
E. Margaret Burbidge; D.Sc.
Leslie E. Robertson; D.Eng.
Garry B. Trudeau; D.A.&H.L.
181
May 15, 1987
John F. Akers, Chairman of the Board, IBM
John F. Akers; LL.D.
Elmer L. Gaden, Jr.; D.Eng.
William J. Kennedy; D.A.&H.L.
Jack S. Parker; LL.D.
Howard E. Simmons; D.Sc.
182
May 20, 1988
Hon. James B. Hunt, Jr., Senior Partner,
Poyner & Spruill Law Firm,
Former Governor of North Carolina
James B. Hunt, Jr.; LL.D.
Raymond Kurzweil; D.Sc.
Wassily Leontief; D.H.L.
C. Sheldon Roberts ’48; D.Eng.
An Wang; D.Eng.
Sept. 23, 1988
*Inauguration of President Roland W. Schmitt
Norman R. Augustine; D.Eng.
Paul E. Gray; D.Sc.
Claudine C. Shneider; D.H.L.
183
May 19, 1989
Walter E. Massey, VP for Research for
Argonne National Laboratory & Professor of Physics,
Univ. of Chicago
Erich Bloch; LL.D.
Mariam K. Chamberlain; D.H.L.
Jerry R. Junkins; D.Eng.
Walter Massey; D.Sc.