Commencement speakers for 2013 are a mixed bunch. At New England Institute of Technology, quarterback turned sports analyst Terry Bradshaw will give the commencement speech on May 5th. The school is also honoring Taco, Inc. CEO John Hazen White, Jr. with an honorary doctor of humane letters, citing his leadership in the business community and his company’s commitment to education for employees.
Roger Williams University has taken note of the upcoming 350th anniversary of the Rhode Island Colonial Charter, inviting historian and Roger Williams biographer John Barry to address the class of 2013. The law school’s commencement speaker will be civil rights attorney Morris Dees. RWU graduation ceremonies are on Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th. Saturday’s ceremony will also feature Rhode Island Philharmonic Conductor Larry Rachleff.
On May 19th, Catholic theologian and documentary filmmaker Rev. Robert Barron will present the commencement address for Providence College. Barron founded Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, which uses new media as an evangelical tool, and he is also a commentator for NBC News, CNN and the Chicago Tribune, among others.
The Rhode Island School of Design commencement on June 1st will feature a keynote address from graphic designer and children’s book author and illustrator Maira Kalman. Kalman’s work is regularly featured in The New Yorker magazine, and she recently collaborated with noted fashion designers Isaac Mizrahi and Kate Spade. RISD graduates will also hear from honorary degree recipients Karl Gerstner, a Swiss theorist and graphic designer, and environmentalist Bill McKibben.