Previous Speakers And Honorary Degree Recipients

Commencement Speakers (Present-1967)

Speaker

Title

Date

Dr. Daniel Wubah

15th President of Millersville University

5/8/21 Undergrad Commencement Ceremonies

Dr. Irvin Scott

Senior Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education

5/7/21 Grad Commencement Ceremonies

Dr. Villas Prabhu

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Millersville University

5/6/21 Undergrad Commencement Ceremony

Michael Shirk

Chief Executive Officer of The High Companies

12/15/19 Undergrad Commencement Ceremony 

Pedro Rivera

Secretary of Education for the State of Pennsylvania

5/11/19 Undergrad Commencement Ceremony

Dr. Ruth Benns-Suter

Faculty Emeritus

5/10/19 Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Dr. Daniel Greenstein

Chancellor, Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education

12/16/18 Undergrad Commencement Ceremony

Dr. John Anderson

14th President, Millersville University

5/12/18 Undergrad Commencement Ceremony

Dr. Rita Smith Wade-El

Millersville University Professor, Psychology

5/11/18 Grad Commencement Ceremony

Honorable Richard Gray

Mayor of Lancaster City

12/17/17

Marie Harf

Fox News Commentator, Former Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the United States Department of State

5/13/17 Undergrad Commencement Ceremony

Dr. Dennis Downey

Respected member of the Millersville University faculty since 1981

5/12/16 Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Thomas Baldrige

President & CEO Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce & Industry

12/11/16 Undergrad Commencement Ceremony

Guido M. Pichini

Chairman of the Board of Governors (BOG) of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education

5/7/16 Undergrad Commencement Ceremony

Dr. Ana Börger-Greco

Associate Professor of Spanish, Millersville University

5/6/16 Graduate Commencement Ceremony

The Honorable Jordan Harris

PA State Representative,
186th District, &
MU Alum

12/13/15 Undergrad Commencement Ceremony

Kim Lemon

News Anchor, WGAL

5/9/15
Undergrad Commencement Ceremony

Dr. Leroy Hopkins

MU Professor of Foreign Languages

5/8/15
Grad Commencement Ceremony

Maureen Powers

Executive Officer, Lancaster YWCA

12/14/15
Undergrad Commencement Ceremony

Lieutenant General David L. Mann

3-Star Commanding General, U.S. Army

5/10/14
Undergrad Commencement Ceremony

Dr. Deborah T. Castellucci

Associate Professor, Nursing

5/9/14
Grad Commencement Ceremony

Roy B. Clair

President of Clair Brothers Audio

12/15/13
Commencement Ceremony

Dr. Francine G. McNairy

President Emerita of Millersville University

12/15/13
Commencement Ceremony

The Honorable Tom Corbett

Governor, Commonwealth of PA

5/18/13
Undergrad Ceremony

Dr. Cheryl Desmond

MU Professor of Educational Foundations

5/17/13
Grad Ceremony

Dr. Francine G. McNairy

13th President of Millersville University

12/16/12

Dr. James Nevels

Founder and Chairman, The Swarthmore Group

5/12/12
Undergrad Ceremony

Dr. Kathryn Gregoire

Professor and Chair, Social Work

5/11/12
Graduate Ceremony

Kevin Harley

Director of Communications and Press Secretary for Gov. Tom Corbett

12/18/11

Dr. Hugh Miller Herr

MU Alum and Head of Biomechatronic Lab at M.I.T.

05/07/11
Undergrad Ceremony

Dr. Thomas Bell

MU Alum and Professor of Industry and Technology

05/06/11
Graduate Ceremony

Dr. Sylvia Shellenberger

Millersville University alumna and Professor of Family Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine

         12/19/10

Brian Gladden

President and CEO, Dell Computers, Inc.

         05/08/10
Undergrad Commencement

Dr. Tiffany Wright

Principal, York Technical High School

         05/07/10
Graduate Commence.

Dr. Sylvia Shellenberger

Professor of Family Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine

         12/20/09
(Commencement ceremony cancelled due to inclement weather)

Don Eberly

author, civic entrepreneur, and advocate for civil society and private philanthropy

         05/02/09

Dr. Curtis A. Pettaway

Professor of Urology and Cancer Biology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

        12/14/08


Dr. Kenneth Melani

President and CEO, Highmark, Inc.

        05/10/08

Dr. Craig A. Camasta

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

       12/16/07

The Hon Lawrence F. Stengel

U.S. District Court/Eastern District of PA

       5/12/07

Elizabeth Hirak Field, M.D.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

      12/17/2006

Soledad O’Brien

Television Journalist and CNN Co-Anchor

       5/13/2006

Paul Beideman

Associated Banc Corp.

12/18/05

Dr. Albert Hunt

The Wall Street Journal / CNN

5/7/05

Bennett J. Cooper, Esq. ‘67

Insurance Brokerage Consultant

12/19/04

Dr. Brian Roper

London Metropolitan University

5/2/04

Dana Chryst

CEO, The Jay Group

12/14/03

Dr. Joseph A. Caputo

President/MU

5/17/03

Phillip Walker

 

12/15/02

William Davis

CEO, R. R. Donnelley & Sons

5/11/02

Dirksen Lehman

Special Assistant to the United States President for Legislative Affairs

12/16/01

Dr. William Kristol

Editor & Publisher of The Weekly Standard

5/12/01

John Stacks

TIME Magazine s Editor for Creative Development

12/17/00

Judy Woodruff

CNN news anchor

5/13/00

Dr. Howard L. Jones

Professor of Curriculum and instruction at The University of Houston; member of MU class of 1962

12/19/99

The Honorable Mark S. Schweiker

Lieutenant Governor
State of Pennsylvania

5/15/99

Diane Koken

Pennsylvania State Insurance Commissioner
graduate of Millersville University

12/20/98

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Pulitizer Prize winning author & historian; former Harvard professor

5/16/98

Richard Blouse

President of Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce & 1967 graduate of Millersville University

12/21/97

Carole Simpson

Emmy Award winning ABC News Senior Correspondent

5/17/97

Lt. Gen. Carol A. Mutter

Marine Corps Deputy Chief of Staff
for Manpower & Reserve Affairs

12/15/96

August commencements discontinued

Kevin McCarthy

Noted Stage, Screen, and Film Actor

5/11/96

Colonel Paul J. Evanko

Commissioner, PA State Police & 1969 graduate of Millersville University

12/17/95

Dr. James W. White

President, Association of PA State Colleges and University Faculties (APSCUF)

8/17/95

Daniel Schorr

Veteran Report-Commentator and Senior News Analyst for National Public Radio

5/13/95

Stephen Gunzenhauser

Maestro, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra

12/18/94

Ronald Porter, Sr.

MU alumnus, President of RDP Consulting Services, Specialists in Human Resources Management, Pittsburgh, PA

8/20/94

Helen Thomas

White House Bureau Chief for United Press International

5/14/94

The Honorable Noah W. Wenger

PA State Senator (36th District)

12/19/93

Violet Geib

MU Alumna and 1993 PA Teacher of the Year
Teacher at Manheim Central Stiegel Elementary School

8/21/93

Andy Rooney

CBS  60 Minutes

5/15/93

The Honorable Donald M. Carroll, Jr.

PA Secretary of Education

12/20/92

Dr. John Michalcewiz

Executive Director of the Commission on Secondary Schools, Middle States Association of Colleges & Universities

8/22/92

Dr. Linda M. Rhodes

Secretary of Aging
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

5/16/92

Dr. Bernard C. Watson

President and CEO
William Penn Foundation
Philadelphia, PA
Honorary Degree Recipient,
Doctorate of Humane Letters

12/15/91

Dr. John C. Martin

Economic Analyst, Manager
Martin O Connell Associates, Lancaster

8/17/91

Herman E. Armstrong

Vice President of Operations
Warner-Lambert Co., Lititiz, PA
Received President s Medallion

No formal commencement address was given at this commencement.

5/11/91

William J. Shaughnessy

President and CEO
Wilbur Chocolate Co., Inc.

12/16/90

Joseph F. Bard

Commissioner for Basic Education
PA Department of Education

8/18/90

William W. Adams

Chairman of the Board & CEO
Armstrong World Industries, Inc.(MU Honorary Degree Recipient: Doctorate of Humane Letters)
                                 and
Mr. Franklin R. Eichler, President of the SICO Company & Treasurer of the SICO Foundation (Received1st President s Medallion on behalf of the SICO Foundation. 

No formal commencement address was given at this commencement.

5/12/90

The Honorable Arthur E. Morris

Mayor of the City of Lancaster

12/17/89

Joan M. Detz

Author, Speech Writer, & MU Alumna

8/19/89

The Honorable Genevieve Blatt

Senior Judge, Commonwealth Court of PA. Received honorary degree: Doctorate of Humane Letters

5/13/89

The Honorable Ronald R. Cowell

Member, PA House of Representatives, 34th District

12/18/88

Dr. Charles R. Fuget

Pennsylvania Commissioner for Higher Education

8/20/88

Dr. Jerrold S. Petrofsky

Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, University of California, Irvine (MU Honorary Degree Recipient: Doctorate of Humane Letters)

5/14/88

The Honorable Louise G. Herr

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County

12/19/87

Madelyn P. Nix, Esq.

In-house attorney, Ford New Holland, Inc.

8/22/87

The Honorable Mark S. Singel

Lieutenant Governor
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

5/9/87

David R. Dodds

Vice President and General Manager
WGAL-TV

12/14/86

Dr. Mary Emily Hannah

Vice Chancellor for Academic Policy and Planning, State System of Higher Education

8/16/86

Richard W. Moll

Executive Director of Legal Personnel and External Affairs for the New York City law firm of Lord, Day & Lord
Author of The Public Ivys

5/10/86

William W. Adams

Executive Vice President
Armstrong World Industries, Inc.

12/14/85

Dr. Harvey S. Long

Educational Applications Consultant
I.B.M. Corporation

8/17/85

Dr. James H. McCormick

Chancellor of the State System of Higher Education in Pennsylvania

5/11/85

Judge Lisa A. Richette

Judge of Common Pleas, City of Philadelphia
Authoress of the Throw Away Children

12/15/84

Ms. Maggie Kuhn

Founder of the Gray Panthers

8/18/84

Dr. C.T. Enus Wright

President, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

5/12/84

Dr. Keith H. Lovin

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, MU

12/17/83

Eleanor Smeal

Past President
National Organization for Women

8/20/83

William Y. Rial, M.D.

President, American Medical Association

5/14/83

Saul H. Mendlovitz, J.D.

Vice President, Institute for World Order Studies, Columbia University

12/18/82

Jack Doyle

Director, Rural Land & Energy Project
Environmental Policies Institute

8/21/82

Robert E. White

Former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador

5/15/82

S. Dale High

President, High Industries

12/19/81

Dr. W. Jack Cassidy

Associate Professor, Elementary/Early Childhood Education, MU

8/14/81

James Lloyd, Jr.

Senator, 5th District

5/16/81

Clayton Sommers

Commissioner of Higher Education

12/20/80

G. Terry Madonna

President, APSCUF-MU

8/22/80

Helen B. O Bannon

Secretary of Public Welfare

5/17/80

Gibson E. Armstrong

House of Representatives, 100th District

12/21/79

J. Craig Lewis

Senator from the 67th District

8/24/79

Ethel D. Allen

Secretary of the Commonwealth

5/19/79

Michael A. O Pake

State Senator, Reading

12/22/78

Mark Ebersole

President, Elizabethtown College

8/25/78

Robert Walker

U.S. Congressman

5/13/78

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Commencement postponed until May

12/77

Paul H. Nichols

Chairman, Department of Earth Science

8/26/77

Ralph W. Hess

State Senator

5/14/77

Charles I. Kent

Assistant to the President for Academic Affairs

12/23/76

Dr. Joseph E. Walker

Professor Emeritus
Millersville University

8/20/76

C. R. Ordal

Vice President
Worldwide Government Relations

5/15/76

Rev. James D. Glasse

President, Lancaster Theological Seminary

12/20/75

Marvin E. Miller, Sr.

State Representative, 97th District

8/22/75

Jeannete F. Reibman

Chairman and Senator of State Education Committee

5/10/75

Richard A. Snyder

State Senator

12/21/74

Richard Keller

Department of History, MU

8/30/74

Helene Wolgemuth

Secretary of Public Welfare

5/15/74

Theodore A. Distler

Former Executive Director of Association of American Colleges in Washington, DC

12/21/73

D. L. Biemesderfer

President Emeritus, MU

8/31/73

B. Anton Hess

Executive Secretary, PA Association of American Colleges in Washington, DC

5/11/73

Arthur B. Sinkler

Chairman, BSCUD

12/22/72

Rebecca F. Gross

BSCUD

8/25/72

Justice Samuel J. Roberts

Supreme Court of PA

5/26/72

Keith Spalding

President, Franklin and Marshall College

1/14/72

James H. Rowland, Sr.

President, National Assoc. of State Board
of Education

8/27/71

Donald Barnhouse

News Analyst and Commentator

5/28/71

Rev. James D. Glasse

President, Lancaster Theological Seminary

1/15/71

Dr. W. Michael Blumenthal

President, Bendix International

8/28/70

Dr. John R. Coleman

President of Haverford College

5/22/70

Dr. Marvin Wachman

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Temple University

1/16/70

Dr. A. G. Breidenstine

Former Dean of Academic Affairs

8/29/69

Dr. Bernard E. Donovan

Superintendent of Schools of the City of New York

5/23/69

Dr. Harry D. Gideonse

Chancellor of the New School for Social Research

1/19/69

Theodore R. McKeldin

Former Governor of Maryland

8/30/68

Dr. John William Cataldo

Director of Art Education
Philadelphia College of Art

5/24/68

Marvin E. Miller

House of Representatives

1/ /68

Frederic K. Miller

Deputy Superintendent & Commissioner for Higher Education - Public Instruction

8/25/67

Dr. Roger Revelle

Director of Center for Population Studies
Harvard University

5/26/67

John C. Pittenger

Director of Research
Minority Caucus
House of Representatives

1/20/67

Honorary Degree Recipients

RECIPIENT

DEGREE & OCCASION

DATE REC’D.

Dr. Irvin Scott
Senior Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
At: Commencement
 5/7/21
Dr. Rita Smith-Wade-El (Posthumously)
Retired Faculty
Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
At: Commencement
 5/6/21
Andrea Shirk
General Manager of Rock Lititz
Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
At:
Commencement
12/15/19
Dr. Hugh M Herr '90
Professor of Media Arts and Science at the MIT Media Lab, and Co-Director of the MIT Center for Extreme Bionics
Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
At: Commencement
 5/11/19
Vivien Anderson
Former first lady of Millersville University
Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
At: Commencement
 12/16/18
Dr. John Anderson
14th President of Millersville University
Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
At: Commencement
12/16/18
Honorable Richard Gray
Mayor of Lancaster City
Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
At: Commencement
 12/17/17
Dana Chryst '81
President and CEO of The Jay Group
Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
At: Commencement
 5/13/17

Guido Pichini
Outgoing Chairman, Board of Governors PASSHE President of WSK & Associates

Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
At: Commencement

5/7/16

Lieutenant General David L. Mann
3-Star Commanding General, U.S. Army

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letter
At:  Commencement

5/10/14

Dr. Roy B. Clair
President of Clair Brothers Audio

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letter
At:  Commencement

12/15/13

Dr. Francine G. McNairy
President Emerita of Millersville University

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letter
At:  Commencement

12/15/13

Dr. Stephen Kepchar
Senior Vice President & Wealth Advisor
Morgan Stanely

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letter
At:  Commencement

12/16/12

Dr. Bennett Cooper
Senior Distribution Consultant
Branca-Rampart Financial Services, Inc.

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letter
At:  Commencement

12/16/12

Dr. Carlos Graupera
President, Spanish American Civic Association

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letter
At:  Commencement

5/12/12

Dr. William Reuter
Chairman and CEO, Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letter
At:  Commencement

5/12/12

Dr. James Nevels
Founder and Chairman, The Swarthmore Group

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letter
At:  Commencement

5/12/12

Dr. Charles and Mrs. Patricia Robertson

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

12/19/10

Senator Gibson E. Armstrong

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

05/02/09

The Honorable Diane Koken
Former Commonwealth of PA Insurance Commissioner

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

05/10/08

Dr. Charles Winter

Degree:  Doctor of Laws
At:  Commencement

05/10/08

Samuel Lombardo
CEO, The Benecon Group

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

12/16/07

Paul S. Beideman ‘71
CEO, Associated Bank Corp.

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

12/18/05

Albert Hunt
Exec. Editor, Washington for Bloomberg News

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

05/07/05

Dr. Brian Roper
CEO, London Metropolitan University

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

05/02/04

Dr. Joseph A. Caputo
MU President (1981-2003)

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

05/17/03

Linda R. Caputo
Wife of former MU President, Joseph Caputo

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

05/17/03

Charles Hash ‘48
COT member/Chair, Walshire Assurance Co.
York, PA

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

12/15/02

Willis W. Shenk
Chair, Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

12/15/02

Morris Dees
Co-founder/Chief Counsel, Southern Poverty Law Ctr.

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Kenderdine Lecture

11/09/00

Arthur J. Glatfelter
Chair, Glatfelter Insurance Grp.

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

05/16/98

J. Freeland Chryst ‘50
CEO, The Jay Group

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

05/16/98

Miles Lerman
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council Chair

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

05/17/97

Kevin McCarthy
Noted stage & screen actor

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

05/11/96

Anne B. Sweigart
Chair & CEO, Denver & Ephrata Telegraph & Telephone Co., Ephrata, PA

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

05/13/95

Dr. Elie Wiesel
1989 Nobel Peace Prize recipient

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Holocaust Conference

03/14/93

Dr. Bernard C. Watson
President & CEO, William Penn Foundation, Phila.

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

12/15/91

Señor Camilo Jose Cela
1989 Nobel Prize recipient for Literature

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Special campus visit

09/28/90

William W. Adams
President & CEO, Armstrong World Industries

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

05/12/90

Genevieve Blatt
Senior Judge, Commonwealth Court of PA

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement

05/13/89

Dr. Jerrold S. Petrofsky
Prof., Psych/Human Behavior, Univ. of CA, Irvine

Degree:  Doctor of Humane Letters
At:  Commencement
(First MU honorary degree recipient)

05/14/88