Carnegie Mellon University

Commencement Weekend

May 20-21, 2017

Watch the Official Announcement

Read more about this year's keynote speaker and honorary degree recipients.

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Past Speakers and Honorees

2016

Keynote Speaker

  • Earl Lewis, president, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
    (also received an honorary degree)

Honorary Degree Recipients

  • Holly Hunter (A 1980), actress/producer
  • Robert S. Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Sonia Manzano (A 1972), actor/author
  • James R. Swartz (TPR 1966), founding partner, Accel Partners
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2015

Keynote Speaker

  • Alan Alda, actor, writer and director
    (also received an honorary degree)
Honorary Degree Recipients
  • Joyce Kozloff (A 1964), artist
  • Kai-Fu Lee (CS 1988 and past faculty), chairman and CEO, Innovation Works
  • Stephen Schwartz (A 1968), composer and lyricist
  • Carl E. Wieman, professor, Department of Physics and Graduate School of Education, Stanford University
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2014

Keynote Speaker

  • Jeffery Housenbold (TPR 1991), president and CEO, Shutterfly Inc.
Honorary Degree Recipients
  • Manfred Honeck, music director, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • John Wells (A 1979), writer, producer and director
  • Telle Whitney, president and CEO, Anita Borg Institute
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