Commencement Speakers, Charges and Honorary Degrees

The following is a list of the distinguished men and women whom we have been privileged to have speak at Commencement and upon we have conferred honorary degrees.

1933 Dr. John Finley Williamson, Commencement Speaker
1934 Dr. John Finley Williamson, Commencement Speaker
1935 Dr. John Finley Williamson, Commencement Speaker and Charge to the Graduating Class
1936 Dr. John Erskine, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1937 The Rev. Joseph Richard Sizoo, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1939 The Rev. Charles Clayton Morrison, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1940 The Rev. Daniel Poling, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1941 The Rev. Ralph W. Sockman, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1942 The Honorable Harold B. Wells, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1943 Dr. James Francis Cooke, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1944 The Rev. Peter Marshall, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1945 The Rev. W. Edward Jordan, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1946 George F. Thomas, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Gradating Class
1947 The Rev. Peter Marshall, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1948 The Rev. Daniel A. Poling, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1949 The Rev. Clarence W. Cranford, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1950 The Rev. Charles R. Erdman, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1951 Elmer G. Homrighausen, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1952 The Rev. Daniel A. Poling, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1953 The Rev. Clarence W. Cranford, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1954 The Rev. C. Ralston Smith, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1955 The Honorable Harold E. Talbott, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1956 Andrew W. Mutch, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1957 Dean Ernest P. Gordon, Commencement Speaker
John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1958 Mark R. Thompson, Commencement Speaker
Dr. John Finley Williamson, Charge to Graduating Class
1959 D. Elton Trueblood, Commencement Speaker
Rev. William F. MacCalmont, Charge to Graduating Class
1960 The Rev. Franklin Clark Fry, Commencement Speaker
Rev. William F. MacCalmont, Charge to Graduating Class
1961 The Rev. C. Ralston Smith, Commencement Speaker
Rev. William F. MacCalmont, Charge to Graduating Class
1962 The Rev. Albert C. Outler, Commencement Speaker
Lee Hastings Bristol, Jr., Charge to Graduating Class
Mary T. Krimmel, Master of Humane Letters
LoRean D. Hodapp, Master of Humane Letters
1963 The Rev. Charles C. Noble, Commencement Speaker
Lee Hastings Bristol, Jr., Charge to Graduating Class
Leopold Stokowski, Doctor of Fine Arts
1964 Roy Harris, Commencement Speaker
Lee Hastings Bristol, Jr., Charge to Graduating Class Roy Harris, Doctor of Fine Arts
1965 Alec Wyton, Commencement Speaker
Lee Hastings Bristol, Jr., Charge to Graduating Class Alexander McCurdy, Doctor of Fine Arts
Wilfred C. Bain, Doctor of Fine Arts
1966 Howard Hanson, Commencement Speaker
Leonard Bernstein, Charge to Graduating Class Robert Stevens Baker, Doctor of Fine Arts
Leonard Bernstein, Doctor of Humanities
1967 The Rev. Theodore Parker Ferris, Commencement Speaker
Lee Hastings Bristol, Jr., Charge to Graduating Class James Bernard Wallace, Doctor of Fine Arts
Donald Trowbridge Bryant, Doctor of Music
Theodore Parker Ferris, Doctor of Music
1968 Dorothy Maynor Rooks, Commencement Speaker
Lee Hastings Bristol, Jr., Charge to Graduating Class Dorothy Maynor Rooks, Doctor of Fine Arts
William Steinberg, Doctor of Fine Arts
Paul Boepple, Doctor of Music
Kenneth Chorley, Doctor of Humanities
The Rev. Albert Frederick Bayly, Fellow of Westminster Choir College
Arnold Kunrad Kvam, Fellow of Westminster Choir College
Jack Noble White, Fellow of Westminster Choir College
1969 Sir Arthur Bliss, Commencement Speaker
Lee Hastings Bristol, Jr., Charge to Graduating Class Clarence Snyder, Doctor of Letters
John Albert Davis, Jr., Doctor of Letters
Francis Arthur Robinson, Doctor of Letters
Sir Arthur Bliss, Doctor of Fine Arts
Lee Hastings Bristol, Jr., Doctor of Fine Arts
Peggy Wood Walling, Fellow of Westminster Choir College
1970 Presidental Inauguration Dr. J. Merrill Knapp, Doctor of Music
Dr. Malcolm Williamson, Doctor of Music Paul Hume, Commencement Speaker
Ray Robinson, Charge to Graduating Class Ronald Arnatt, Doctor of Music
Richard Feliciano, Fellow of Westminster Choir College
1971 George Lynn, Commencement Speaker
Ray Robinson, Charge to Graduating Class Charles Hirt, Doctor of Fine Arts
Malcolm Williamson, Fellow of Westminster Choir College
Erik Routley, Feloow of Westminster Choir College
1972 Lee Hastings Bristol, Jr., Commencement Speaker
Roger Wagner, Charge to Graduating Class Roger Wagner, Doctor of Fine Arts
1973 Elaine Brown, Commencement Speaker
Ray Robinson, Charge to Graduating Class Carl Weinrich, Doctor of Music
1974 Elizabeth B. Ford, Commencement Speaker
Ray Robinson, Charge to Graduating Class Arthur Mahlon Byers, Jr., Doctor of Divinity
1975 Robert Shaw, Commencement Speaker
Ray Robinson, Charge to Graduating Class
Robert Shaw, Doctor of Humanities
1976 Bob Hope, Commencement Speaker
Ray Robinson, Charge to Graduating Class
Bob Hope, Fellow of Westminster Choir College
1977 Howard Swan, Commencement Speaker
Ray Robinson, Charge to Graduating Class
Howard Swan, Doctor of Humanities
1978 Wilfred C. Bain, Commencement Speaker
Ray Robinson, Charge to Graduating Class
Wilhelm Ehmann, Doctor of Music
1979 Daniel Pinkham, Commencement Speaker
Ray Robinson, Charge to Graduating Class
Daniel Pinkham, Doctor of Music
Robert Dean Simpson, Fellow of Westminster Choir College
1980 Sir David Willcocks, Commencement Speaker
Charles Schisler, Charge to Graduating Class Sir David Willcocks, Doctor of Music
John Rutter, Fellow of Westminster Choir College
1981 Sherrill Milnes, Commencement Speaker
Gian Carlo Menotti, Charge to Graduating Class Gian Carlo Menotti, Doctor of Music
Sherrill Milnes, Doctor of Music
Ma Ge Shun, Fellow of Westminster Choir College
1982 Zubin Mehta, Commencement Speaker
Joseph Flummerfelt, Charge to Graduating Class Zubin Mehta, Doctor of Music
William T. Renneckar, Fellow of Westminster Choir College
1983 Gilbert E. Kaplan, Commencement Speaker
Helen Kemp, Charge to Graduating Class Gilbert E. Kaplan, Doctor of Humanities
1984 Kathleen D. Battle, Commencement Speaker
Ray Robinson, Charge to Graduating Class Kathleen D. Battle, Doctor of Music
1985 Riccardo Muti, Commencement Speaker
Elly Ameling, Charge to Graduating Class Riccardo Muti Doctor of Music
Elly Ameling, Doctor of Music
William H. Scheide, Doctor of Humanities
1986 Robert Shaw, Commencement Speaker
Frauke Haasemann, Charge to Graduating Class Tatsusaburo Nishimura, Fellow of Westminster Choir College
1987 Ernest LeRoy Boyer, Commencement Speaker
William James Mathias, Charge to Graduating Class
Helen Hubbert Kemp, Doctor of Music
William James Mathias, Doctor of Music
Ernest LeRoy Boyer, Doctor of Humanities
Dr. Ray Robinson, Doctor of Human Letters
1988 William S. Fuller, Commencement Speaker
Glenn Parker, Charge to Graduating Class
Elaine Brown, Doctor of Music
Charles Schisler, Doctor of Fine Arts
1989 Joseph Flummerfelt, Commencement Speaker
Donna Plasket, Charge to Graduating Class
Margaret Harshaw, Doctor of Music
Koichi Matsuda, Fellow of Westminster Choir College
1990 George Gallup, Commencement Speaker
William Dalglish, Charge to Graduating Class
1991 Hugh Wolff, Commencement Speaker
Frauke Haasemann/Brenda Smith, Charge to Graduating Class
Frauke Haasemann, Doctor of Music (awarded 3/13/91)
Keith Spalding, Doctor of Humanities
Elsie Hilliard Hillman '48, Doctor of Humanities
1992 Kurt Masur, Commencement Speaker
Allen Crowell, Charge to Graduating Class
Kurt Masur, Doctor of Music
1993 Helen Kemp, Commencement Speaker
Joseph Flummerfelt, Charge to the Graduating Class
1994 Carlisle Floyd, Commencement Speaker
Lois Laverty, Charge to the Graduating Class
Martin Katz, Doctor of Music
1995 Katharine O'Neil-Bidwell, Commencement Speaker
Glenn Parker, Charge to the Graduating Class
1996 Wolfgang Sawallisch, Commencement Speaker
Diana Crane, Charge to the Graduating Class
Wolfgang Sawallisch, Doctor of Music
Alice Parker, Doctor of Music
1997 Sylvia McNair, Commencement Speaker
Michael Litchman, Charge to the Graduating Class
Sylvia McNair, Doctor of Music
Frances Clark, Doctor of Music
1998 John Wesley Cook, Commencement Speaker
Stefan Young, Charge to the Graduating Class
John Bertalot, Doctor of Music
Zdenek Macal, Doctor of Music
1999 Fred McFeeley Rogers, Commencement Speaker
Joel Phillips, Charge to the Graduating Class
John Corigliano, Doctor of Music
Fred McFeeley Rogers, Doctor of Humanities
2000 Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Commencement Speaker
Anthony Jay Kosar, Charge to the Graduating Class
Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Doctor of Humanities
Louise Goss, Doctor of Music
2001 Martin E. Marty, Commencement Speaker
Andrew Megill, Charge to the Graduating Class
Martin E. Marty, Doctor of Humanities
James H. Litton, Doctor of Music
Joan Hult Lippincott, Doctor of Music
2002 Shirley Tilghman, Commencement Speaker
Joseph Flummerfelt, Charge to the Graduating Class
Shirley Tilghman, Doctor of Laws
George H. Shorney, Doctor of Humanities
2003 Robert Pace, Commencement Speaker
Jay A. Kawarsky, Charge to the Graduating Class
Robert Pace, Doctor of Music
Marion Buckelew Cullen, Doctor of Humanities
2004 The Reverend Peter J. Gomes, Commencement Speaker
Joseph Flummerfelt, Charge to the Graduating Class
Peter J. Gomes, Doctor of Music
Bonita Valente, Doctor of Music
2005 Jennifer Larmore, Commencement Speaker
Nancianne Parrella, Charge to the Graduating Class
Jennifer Larmore, Doctor of Music
Weston Noble, Doctor of Music
2006 Anthony Tommasini, Commencement Speaker
Sun Min Lee, Charge to the Graduating Class
Allen Crowell, Doctor of Music
2007 Ronn Carroll, Commencement Speaker
Andrew Megill, Charge to the Graduating Class
Donald E. Allured, Doctor of Music
2008 John Walker, Commencement Speaker
Nova Thomas, Charge to the Graduating Class
2009 Nigel Redden, Commencement Speaker
Daniel Beckwith, Charge to the Graduating Class
Gerre Hancock, Doctor of Music

2010




2011

 

David Robertson, Commencement Speaker
Christian Carey, Charge to the Graduating Class
David Robertson, Doctor of Music
Albert McNeil, Doctor of Music

Stephen Paulus, Commencement Speaker
Diana Crane, Charge to the Graduating Class
Stephen Paulus, Doctor of Music
Dave Brubeck, Fellow of Westminster Choir College (presented later that day)

2012

Morten Lauridsen, Commencement Speaker
Ken Cowan, Charge to the Graduating Class
Morten Lauridsen, Doctor of Music
Dalton Baldwin, Fellow of Westminster Choir College 

2013

Paul Plishka, Commencement Speaker
James Jordan, Charge to the Graduating Class
Paul Plishka, Doctor of Music