Filmmaker Ken Burns to deliver Washington University’s Commencement address May 15

Ken Burns, director and producer of some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, has been selected to give the 2015 Commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis, according to Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton. Wrighton made the announcement to the Class of 2015 during the annual senior class toast Thursday, April 2, in the Danforth University Center. Commencement is Friday, May 15.

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, alum Mike Peters to deliver Commencement address

Mike Peters, the 1981 Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial cartooning and creator of the award-winning cartoon strip Mother Goose & Grimm, has been selected to give the 2012 Commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis, according to Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton. The university’s 151st Commencement will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, in Brookings Quadrangle on the Danforth Campus. Peters earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from WUSTL in 1965.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews to deliver Washington University’s Commencement address May 16

Chris MatthewsChris Matthews — host of “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on MSNBC and of “The Chris Matthews Show,” a syndicated weekly news program produced by NBC News, and regular commentator on NBC’s “Today” show — has been selected to give Washington University in St. Louis’ 2008 Commencement address, according to Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton. The university’s 147th Commencement will begin at 8:30 a.m. May 16 in Brookings Quadrangle on the Danforth Campus.

NBC’s Tim Russert to deliver Washington University’s Commencement address May 18

Tim RussertTim Russert, the managing editor and moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” and political analyst for “NBC Nightly News” and the “Today” show, has been selected to give the 2007 Commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis, according to Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton. The title of Russert’s speech is “A View From Washington.” The university’s 146th Commencement will begin at 8:30 a.m. May 18 in Brookings Quadrangle, on the Danforth Campus.

Former British Prime Minister John Major to deliver Washington University’s 145th Commencement address

John MajorThe Right Honorable Sir John Major, former prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and a leading authority on the changing global landscape, will deliver the 2006 Commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis. The university’s 145th Commencement will begin at 8:30 a.m. May 19 in Brookings Quadrangle. During the ceremony, Washington University will award honorary degrees to five prominent people, including a 2004 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry and a pioneering scholar of African and African-American literature. The university will also bestow academic degrees on more than 2,500 students.

Former British Prime Minister John Major to deliver 145th Commencement address

John MajorThe Right Honorable Sir John Major, former prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and a leading authority on the changing global landscape, has been selected to give the 2006 Commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis, according to Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton. The university’s 145th Commencement will begin at 8:30 a.m. May 19 in Brookings Quadrangle. Major’s talk is titled “The Changing World.”
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