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Year Speaker Speaker’s background ' “Class Day” Speaker Speaker’s background
2008J.K. Rowling
2007 William H. Gates IIIFounder, Microsoft Corp. William Jefferson Clinton
2006 Jim LehrerAuthor and journalist, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, LLD speechSeth McFarlane
2005 John LithgowActor and author, Art.D., speech
2004Kofi AnnanUnited Nations Secretary-General, LLD, speech
2003 Ernesto ZedilloFormer President of Mexico, LLD, speech
2002Daniel Patrick MoynihanFormer U.S. Senator, LLD, speechAl Franken
2001Robert E. RubinFormer Secretary of the Treasury, LLD, speechBono
2000Amartya K. SenHarvard University\\\'s Lamont University Professor Emeritus, LLD, speechConan O’Brien
1999Alan GreenspanChairman of the Federal Reserve, LLD
1998Mary RobinsonUnited Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of the Republic of Ireland, LLD
1997Madeleine AlbrightU.S. Secretary of State, LLD
1996Harold VarmusDirector of the National Institutes of Health, SDTom Brokaw
1995Václav HavelPresident of the Czech Republic, LLD
1994Albert Gore Jr.Vice President of the U.S., LLD
1993Colin PowellChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, LLD
1992Gro Harlem BrundtlandPrime Minister Norway, LLD
1991Derek BokPresident Harvard, LLD
1990Helmut KohlChancellor of West Germany, LLD
1989Benazir BhuttoPrime Minister of Pakistan, LLD
1988Oscar AriasPresident of Costa Rica, LLD
1987Richard von WeizsäckerPresident of the Federal Republic of Germany, LLD
1986Lord CarringtonSecretary-General NATO, LLD
1985Paul A. VolckerChairman Board of Governors Federal Reserve Board, LLD
1984Juan Carlos IKing of Spain, LLD
1983Carlos FuentesAuthor and Diplomat, LLD
1982John Huston Finley*Professor of Greek Literature Emeritus Harvard, LHD
1981Thomas John Watson Jr.**President of IBM, LLD
1980Cyrus Roberts Vance***Secretary of State, LLD
1979Helmut SchmidtChancellor Federal Republic of Germany, LLD
1978Aleksandr SolzhenitsynNobel Prize-winning Russian Novelist, LittD
1977Barbara JordanU.S. Representative, LLD
1976Daniel Patrick MoynihanProfessor of Government, Harvard
1975Archibald CoxProfessor of Law, Harvard Law School, LLD
1974Ralph EllisonNovelist, LittD
1973Rev. Theodore M. HesburghPresident Notre Dame, LLD
1972Roy Harris JenkinsFormer Deputy Leader Labor Party Great Britain, LLD
1971Alan PatonSouth African Novelist, LTD
1970Antonio Carillo FloresSecretary Foreign Affairs Mexico, LLD
1970Louis B. MartinEditor and Vice President of Sengstacke Publications, LLD
1969Jean ReyPresident Commission of European Communities, LLD
1969Stewart UdallFormer Secretary of the Interior, LLD
1968Mohammed Reza PahleviShah of Iran, LLD
1967Edwin O. ReischauerUniversity Professor Harvard, LLD
1966W. Averell HarrimanU.S. Ambassador-at-Large, LLD
1965Adlai StevensonU.S. Representative to the United Nations, LLD
1964Alberto Lleras CamargoFormer President of Colombia, LLD
1963U ThantUnited Nations Secretary-General, LLD
1962William M. MartinChairman Board of Governors Federal Reserve System, LLD
1962Lionel TrillingProfessor of English Columbia University and Critic, LittD
1961Alexander F. Douglas-HomeSecretary of State for Foreign Affairs Great Britain, LLD
1961F. Cyril JamesVice Chancellor McGill University, LLD
1960Robert G. MenziesPrime Minister Australia, LLD
1960Paul-Henri SpaakSecretary-General NATO, LLD
1959C. Douglas DillonUnder-Secretary of State, LLD
1959Pieter GeylProfessor University of Utrecht, LittD
1958Raymond AronFrench Historian and Journalist, LittD
1958Neil McElroySecretary of Defense, LLD
1957Lady Barbara Ward JacksonBritish Author, LittD
1957Erwin PanofskyArt Historian, ArtD
1956John F. KennedyU.S. Senator, LLD
1956Herbert ButterfieldMaster, Peterhouse College, Cambridge University, LittD
1955Archibald MacLeishBoylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory, LittD
1955Luis Muñoz MarínGovernor of Puerto Rico, LLD
1954Grayson Louis KirkPresident of Columbia University, LLD
1954Henry Cabot LodgeChairman of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations, LLD
1953John Edward SheaSuperintendent of the Stack and Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Building, AM
1953John Phillips MarquandNovelist, LittD
1952John Foster DullesForeign policy expert, LLD
1952Joseph Sill Clark, Jr.Mayor of Philadelphia, LLD
1951Charles Edward WilsonDirector of the U.S. Office of Defense Mobilization, LLD
1951Thornton Niven WilderPlaywright and novelist, LittD
1951Warren Robinson AustinU.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, LLD
1950Alfred Whitney GriswoldPresident-elect of Yale University, LLD
1950Carlos Peña RomuloUnited Nations General Assembly President and Philippine Ambassador to the U.S., LLD
1950Dean Gooderham AchesonU.S. Secretary of State, LLD


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