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College Graduation Speakers By: Center for the Study of Popular Culture
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, September 03, 2002


University of California, Berkeley
1993 Jerry Brown Former Gov. of California
1994 Oliver Stone Film Director
1995 Robert Reich Secretary of Labor
1996 Pedro Noguerra UC Asst. Professor of Education*
1997 Bill Cosby Comedian
1998 Steve Wozniak Cofounder of Apple Computers
1999 Terry McMillan Novelist (Waiting to Exhale)
2000 Madeleine Albright Secretary of State
2001 Janet Reno Former Attorney General
2002 Jonny Moseley Olympic Gold Medalist
*Pedro Noguerra was a leader of the campus left in his days as a UC Berkeley undergraduate and organized a university "teach in" to support the Marxist dictatorship in Nicaragua.
Summary: Of 10 Commencement speakers, 9 are Democrats, liberals or leftists; 1 is an athlete; 0 are Republicans or conservatives.

University of Pennsylvania
1993 Hillary Clinton First Lady
1994 Henry Cisneros HUD Secretary, Clinton Administration
1995 Jane Alexander Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
1996 Tom Brokaw TV Journalist
1997 Bill Cosby Entertainer
1998 Jimmy Carter Former President of United States
1999 Robert Rubin Treasury Secretary
2000 Seamus Heaney 1995 Nobel Laureate in Literature
2001 John McCain U.S. Senator
2002 Jim Lehrer PBS News Anchor
Summary: Of 10 Commencement Speakers, 8 are Democrats, liberals or leftists, 1 is a Republican, 1 is a poet

Wellesley College
1993 Gloria Steinem Feminist
1994 Cokie Roberts NPR/ABC News Analyst
1995 Madeleine Albright U.S. Ambassador to the UN
1996 Nora Ephron Writer, film director
1997 Oprah Winfrey Talk show host
1998 Pamela A. Melroy Astronaut
1999 Lynn Sherr ABC News Correspondent
2000 Pamela Daniels Wellesley College class dean
2001 Jehan Sadat Human rights activist
2002 Whoopi Goldberg Actress
Summary: Of 10 Commencement Speakers, 8 are Democrats, liberals or leftists, 1 is an astronaut,1, 1 is the 1 is the wife of a former head of state, 0 are Republicans or conservatives

Harvard University
1993 Colin Powell Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
1994 Albert Gore Jr. Vice President of the U.S.
1995 Václav Havel President of the Czech Republic
1996 Harold Varmus Director NIH
1997 Madeleine Albright U.S. Secretary of State, Clinton
1998 Mary Robinson UN Commissioner for Human Rights
1999 Alan Greenspan Chairman of the Federal Reserve
2000 Amartya K. Sen Economist, Nobel Laureate
2001 Robert E. Rubin Former Secretary of the Treasury, Clinton
2002 Daniel Moynihan Former Senator, Democrat
Summary: Of 10 Commencement speakers, 8 were Democrats, leftists or liberals, 1 was a Republican, and 1 was a general who had no party identification at the time.

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
1993 Ted Turner Media magnate
1994 Francis Sellers Collins Director, National Genome Research
1995 Dr. Johnnetta Cole President of Spellman College in Atlanta
1996 Seamus Heaney Nobel Prize Winning Poet
1997 Erskine Bowles Clinton Chief of Staff
1998 Marian Wright Edelman Pres. Of Children's Defense Fund
1999 Bill Bradley Democrat Presidential Candidate
2000 Stuart Eizenstat Carter Treasury Official
2001 Stuart Scott ESPN SportsCenter anchor
2002 John Edwards United States Senator, Democrat
Summary: Of 10 Commencement Speakers, 7 are Democrats, liberals or leftists, 1 is a poet, 1 is medical researcher, 1 is a sports reporter, 0 are Republicans.

Drew University
1993 Olympia Dukakis Actress
1994 Mario Cuomo Former Governor
1995 Andrew Shue Teach for America
1996 Hillary Clinton First Lady
1997 Christine Todd Whitman Governor
1998 James Earl Jones Actor
1999 Christopher Reeves Actor
2000 Bill Richardson U.S. Secretary of Energy
2001 Richard Holbrooke Former Ambassador to the UN
2002 Bill Cosby Actor
Summary: Of 10 Commencement Speakers, 8 are Democrats, liberals or leftists, 1 is an Actor with no public political views, 1 is a Republican.

University of Michigan
1993 Hillary Clinton First Lady
1994 Dennis Wayne Archer Democratic Mayor of Detroit
1995 Marion Wright Edelman Children's Defense Fund
1995 William G. Bowen Foundation president
1996 Johnetta B. Cole President Spelman College
1996 James J. Duderstadt President emeritus, U. of Michigan
1997 Lee C. Bollinger President of the U. of Michigan
1998 Richard Ford Novelist
1999 Shirley M. Malcom Author
2000 Bernice Johnson Reagon Composer, singer and activist
2001 Marshall Sahlins Anthropologist
2002 Donna E. Shalala Former Clinton Cabinet member
Summary: Of 10 Commencement Speakers, 10 are Democrats, liberals or leftists. 0 are Republicans or conservatives.

Note: In the last four years, convicted murderer and political radical Mumia Abu-Jamal has been the invited commencement speaker at four universities. Former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett has been the invited commencement speaker at 0.

This article is taken from our new booklet "You Can't Get a Good Education If They're Only Telling You Half the Story." Copies of the full booklet are available for purchase now by calling 1-800-752-6562; and after September 4th, it will be sold online in our bookstore.



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