Commencement Speakers & Honorary Degree Recipients 2000-

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

No.

Date

Commencement Speaker

Honorary Degrees

194
May 13, 2000
Rodney E. Slater, Secretary,
U.S. Dept. of Transportation
Don L. Anderson ’55; D.Sc.
Daniel S. Goldin; D.Eng.
195
May 12, 2001
William H. Cosby Jr.,
Actor/Comedian/Educator
Vinton G. Cerf; D.Eng.
William H. Cosby Jr.; D.A.&H.L.
William J. Wilson; LL.D.
196
May 18, 2002
Dennis A. Tito ’64,
Civilian Space Traveler
Robert T. Farrelly ’81; D.A.&H.L.
Claire M. Fraser ’77; D.Sc.
Ruth J. Simmons; D.Eng.
Dennis A. Tito ’64; D.Eng.
197
May 17, 2003
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson,
Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery,
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Benjamin S. Carson Sr.; D.Sc.
Donna E. Shalala; LL.D.
Morris Silverman; LL.D.
Richard E. Smalley; D.Sc.
Robert M. Solow, Ph.D.
honors
convocation
Oct. 26, 2003
 None
Joseph L. Bruno; LL.D.
198
May 15, 2004
Robert Metcalfe, Internet Pioneer,
Polaris Venture Partners
George Bugliarello; D.A.&H.L.
Donald B. Keck; D.Sc.
Robert M. Metcalfe; D.Eng.
Charles H. Thornton; D.Eng.
199
May 20, 2005
Hillary Rodham Clinton,
Senator, New York;
former First Lady of the U.S.
Hillary R. Clinton; LL.D.
Robert T. Coonrod; LL.D.
Joé Juneau; D.H.L.
Samuel J. Malmisano; D.H.L.
Paul A. Volcker; LL.D.
200
May 21, 2006
Gen. Wesley K. Clark, CEO,
Wesley K. Clark & Associates
Peter Q. Boblin ’58: D.A.
Santiago Calatrava; D.A.
Wesley K. Clark; LL.D.
Frederick W. Smith; LL.D.
201
May 19, 2007
Thomas Friedman, Best-selling Author;
Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, New York Times
Thomas L. Friedman; D.H.L.
Don Hewitt; D.H.L.
Mae C. Jemison; D.Eng.
202
May 17, 2008
David Gergen, Political Analyst, Editor,
Best-selling Author,
and Harvard Professor
Charles F. Bolden Jr.; D.Eng.
David R. Gergen; LL.D.
Shirley M. Tilghman; D.Sc.
203

May 16, 2009

Peter Schwartz ’68, Futurist, Business Strategist,
Author and Co-founder of Global Business Network
Kenneth I. Chenault; LL.D.
Samuel Josefowitz ’42; D.Eng.
Robert C. Richardson; D.Sc.
Peter Schwartz; D.H.L.
204

May 29, 2010

Peter R. Orszag, noted economist;
director of the Office of Management and Budget
Robert S. Langer; D.Eng.
Peter R. Orszag; LL.D.
Neil deGrasse Tyson; D.Sc.
Harold E. Varmus; D.Sc.
205

May 28, 2011

Regina M. Benjamin,
U.S. Surgeon General
and Vice Admiral
Regina M. Benjamin; D.H.L.
G. Wayne Clough; D.Eng.
Samuel F. Heffner Jr ’56; D.H.L.
206

May 26, 2012

Barton J. Gordon,
Former U.S. House of Representatives
Science and Technology Committee Chairman
Stephen Chu; D.Sc.
Edward A. Feigenbaum; D.Eng.
Bart J. Gordon; LL.D.
Steven J. Sasson ’77; D.Eng.
Hon. Antonin Scalia;LL.D.
207

May 25, 2013

John R. Lewis,  U.S. Representative (D-GA)

John R. Lewis; LL.D
Admiral Michael G. Mullen; D.Eng
Ursula M. Burns; D.Eng
Patricia Q. Stonesifer; D.H.L