by Charles A. Monagan
Mar 29, 2011
10:24 AM
On Connecticut

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This morning's announcement that President Barack Obama will be the speaker on May 18 for commencement at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London made us wonder who else is being line up to speak to Connecticut's graduates.

It's still early and many schools have not officially announced anything yet, but here's a quick sampling of who's been scheduled. Although it's hard to top a sitting U.S. president, there are many fine choices here:

  • On May 14, Gov. Dannel Malloy will address the graduates of Mitchell College in New London.
  • St. Joseph's College in West Hartford welcomes best-selling author Luanne Rice on May 15. (We chatted with Rice in our April issue, which you can read here.)
  • On the same day, another best-selling writer, David Balducci, will be the commencement speaker at the University of New Haven.
  • As part of its centennial celebration, Connecticut College will have alumna (class of 1960) and research professor of International Development, Community and Environment at Clark University Cynthia Enloe delivering the keynote address on May 22.
  • President and CEO of Achieving the Dream, Dr. William E. Truehart, does double duty on May 8, addressing both groups of the University of Connecticut's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in Storrs.
  • Speaking of UConn, graduates of the law school will get to listen to Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen on May 22.
  • On May 21, Central Connecticut State University will have Professor Leszek Balcerowicz, Ph.D., Head of Department - International Comparative Studies Department from the Warsaw School of Economics.

One "breaking news" addition: My alma mater, Southern Connecticut State University has just announced they will have "60 Minutes" and CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts doing the honors on May 27.

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