Carnegie Mellon University

Commencement Weekend

May 19 - 20, 2018

Past Speakers and Honorees


Keynote Speaker

  • Meg Whitman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    (also received an honorary degree)
Honorary Degree Recipients
  • Mahzarin R. Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
  • Vivian Davidson Hewitt (MM 1944), Retired Chief Librarian, Art Collector and Distinguished Awards Recipient
  • Michael Keaton, Actor
  • Bernard Osher, Founder and Treasurer, The Bernard Osher Foundation


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


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
Contact University Events for a complete history.