Roundup: college graduation speakers

Media types and Democratic politicians are the favored graduation speakers at area colleges and universities this month.

David Gergen of U.S. News and World Report sends off McDaniel College grads; Goucher College gets Garry Trudeau, Doonesbury creator; Newsweek editor Jon Meacham speechifies at Loyola College; Local broadcast mogul Cathy Hughes tells Morgan State grads to get in on it; and Paula Kerger, president & CEO of the Public Broadcasting Service pledges her words of wisdom at the University of Baltimore.

Among the pols, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Southern Maryland will attempt to inspire not one, but two classes of graduating seniors, first this weekend at St. Mary's College of Maryland and then May 20 at the University of Maryland, College Park. Hoyer spokeswoman Stephanie Lundberg assures your blogger that while "there will be similar themes" of civic responsibility in both commencement addresses, they will not be identical.


Other elected officials on Maryland's scholastic stump circuit are Sen. Barbara Mikulski (Coppin State), Attorney General Douglas Gansler (University of Maryland, Eastern Shore), Comptroller Peter Franchot (Capitol College) and Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia Jessamy (University of Baltimore).

Johns Hopkins University snags two high-profile speakers this year in Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick and music producer Quincy Jones. A partial list of commencement exorcisers after the jump.


May 12

Capitol College -- Peter Franchot, Comptroller of Maryland

St. Mary's College of Maryland -- U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer

May 13

St. John's College -- Leon Kass, bioethicist

May 14

Maryland Institute College of Art -- Lesley Dill, artist

May 15


College of Notre Dame -- Rev. Robert Leavitt, St. Mary's Seminary rector

May 17

Johns Hopkins University, Homewood campus -- Brian Billick, football coach

Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory -- Quincy Jones, music producer

May 18

University of Maryland, Baltimore -- Francis Kelly, businessman


University of Maryland, Eastern Shore -- Douglas Gansler, attorney general

Villa Julie College -- Michael Ain, orthopedic surgeon

May 19

Bowie State University -- Essie Calhoun, Eastman Kodak executive

Hood College -- Sheilah Kast, WYPR-FM radio host

Loyola College -- Jon Meacham, Newsweek editor


McDaniel College -- David Gergen, U.S. News & World Report editor, and political consultant

May 20

University of Maryland, College Park -- Steny Hoyer, U.S. House Majority Leader

Morgan State -- Cathy Hughes, Radio One founder

Coppin State -- Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senator

Baltimore International College -- Susan Hendee, academic dean


Mt. St. Mary's College -- Pietro Sambi, Catholic Archbishop

May 21

University of Baltimore, law -- Patricia Jessamy, Baltimore State's Attorney

May 23

Towson University, business -- Ed Hale, First Mariner Bank founder

May 24


University of Maryland, Baltimore County -- Judith Rodin, Rockefeller Foundation president

Towson University, education -- John Schuerholz, Atlanta Braves manager

Towson University, fine arts -- Phyllis Brotman, public relations executive

Salisbury University -- Julius Blattner, graduating student and Maryland National Guard soldier

May 25

University of Baltimore, business and liberal arts -- Paula Kerger, PBS president & CEO


Goucher College -- Garry Trudeau, Doonesbury cartoonist