Commencement Speakers

NOTE: Having a commencement speaker, as we know the ceremony, was not always the custom. Apparently it became the custom at SJU in 1882, 25 years after its 1857 founding.

Year Guest Speaker Student Speaker
2013 Rev. Dennis Dease John Loonan
2012 John McCutcheon Ty Cox
2011 John Grim Thomas Loonan
2010 Rev. Edwin D. Leahy, OSB Matthew Beck
2009 Dr. Sharon Daloz Parks Joe Kane
2008 Mr. William Green Thomas Connelly
2007 Mr. Bob Abernethy Paul E. Storm
2006 Dr. R. Scott Appleby Samuel Boggs
2005 Mr. Charles M. Denny, Jr. Andrew Dirksen
2004 Mr. Thomas Beaudoin Michael Marschel
2003 Mr. Ray Suarez James Mulrooney
2002 The Honorable Mark Kennedy Charles Berendes
2001 Fred de Sam Lazaro Joseph Tinguely
2000 Rev. William J. Byron, S.J. Kevin Clancy
1999 Prof. Michael Perry Michael Dirksen
1998 Dr. Evan Maurer Lance Bodeen
1997 The Honorable Guido Calabresi Philip Steger
1997 (December)   Dr. Charles Bobertz
1996 Mr. Steven Rothschild Anthony Amelse
1996 (December)   Ms. Betty Wolterman
1995 Mr. Stephen Sommers Joseph Flock
1995 (December)   Mr. David Lyndgaard
1994 The Honorable Alan C. Page Thomas Tanghe
1994 (December)   Dr. Joseph Farry
1993 Mr. Colman McCarthy Ross Drever
1993 (December)   Rev. Timothy Backous, O.S.B.
1992 Governor George A. Sinner Todd Bass
Denis McDonough
1991 Rev. Hilary D. Thimmesh, O.S.B. Christopher P. Diffley
1990 Ambassador Edward J. Perkins Scott C. LaBarre
1989 Mr. William F. Buckley, Jr. Michael A. Holscher
1988 Mr. Paul D. Schurke Michael J. Cronin
1987 Ms. Carolyn Forche Anthony Gabriel Amon
1986 Rev. David Burrell, C.S.C Frederick William Stein
1985 Dr. Esther de Waal Aaron H. Franta
1984 Mr. Garrison Keillor John P. Keane
1983 Senator David Durenberger Paul R. Linde
1982 Mr. Jon Hassler Robert E. Culligan
1981 Dr. Harlan Cleveland
1980 Dr. Mortimer J. Adler
1979 Mr. Thomas F. Roeser
1978 Rev. Hilary D. Thimmesh, O.S.B.
1977 The Honorable Sam Ervin, Jr.
1976 Mr. Russell Baker
1975 Senator Hubert H. Humphrey
1974 Dr. Robert H. Dumonceaux
1973 Prof. Norman James
1972 Rev. John Howard, O.S.B.
1971 Dr. Dana L. Farnsworth, M.D.
1970 Rev. Andrew J. Young
1969 The Right Honorable Lord Caradon
1968 Dr. Eugene C. Blake
1967 Lady Barbara Ward Jackson
1966 Dr. Jaroslav J. Pelikan
1965 Rev. John Courtney Murray, S.J.
1964 Senator Eugene J. McCarthy
1963 The Most Reverend Paul Leonard Hagarty, O.S.B.
1962 Mr. Gerald E. Sherry
1961 Mr. Philip J. Scharper
1960 The Most Reverend Peter W. Bartholome
1959 Mr. John Cogley
1958 Dr. David A. Boyd, Jr., M.D.
1957 The Most Reverend Leo F. Dworschak
1956 The Most Reverend Archbishop John Gregory Murray
1955 Sister Madeleva, C.S.C.
1954 Rev. Philip Hughes Waldemar Wenner
1953 The Honorable Eugene J. McCarthy John Dunn
1952 Dr. Helen C. White Bertran Hartinger
1951 Rev. Hans A. Reinhold Dale M. Sauve
1950 Dr. Donald J. Cowling Gerald Scherer
1949 The Most Reverend Francis Schenk Will Theodore Gimenez 
1948 Dr. Patrick A. Crowley John E. Simonett 
1947 Dr. Laurence M. Gould Heinz B. Arnold
1946 Rev. Wilfred Mallon, S.J. Robert Hovda
1945 Rev. J. Timothy Gannon Philip Wooby
1944 Prof. James J. Doland Donald M. Berg
1943 The Honorable Lawrence M. Hall Edward William Arth
1942 The Most Reverend Peter W. Bartholome Donald H. Norman
1941 Rev. James H. Moynihan Bernard W. Lorenz
1940 Dr. Louis J.A. Mercier Philip D. Raths
1939 The Most Reverend Joseph F. Busch Charles H. Hinz
1938 Dr. Mortimer J. Adler Austin M. McCarthy
1937 Dr. Martin Ruud Emerson Hynes
1936 Dr. Jerome G. Kirwin Edmund Piotrowski
1935 Mr. John J. Courtney James C. Coyne
1934 Dr. Richard E. Scammon Mathias A. Himsl
1933 Dr. William O'Brien, M.D. John J. Zaic
1932 The Most Reverend Joseph F. Busch Edward J. Hennessy
1931 Rev. Leo Keaveny Fred Hughes
1930 Rev. Philip H. Kiley Aloys V. Himsl
1929 The Most Reverend Joseph F. Busch Stephen B. Humphrey
1928 Abbot Alcuin Deutsch, O.S.B. Norvell Callaghan
1927 The Most Reverend Joseph F. Busch
1926 The Most Reverend Joseph F. Busch
1925 Abbot Alcuin Deutsch, O.S.B.
1924 The Honorable James Quigley
1923 James A. Garrity
1922 Charles E. Vasaly
1921 John Willis
1920 Rt. Rev. Joseph Busch, D.D.
1917 Most Rev. John Bonzano, D.D.
1914 Joseph Janovick, 1902
1912 John Willis
1910 Bishop Patrick Heffren, 1878
1909 Rev. George A. Arctander, 1888
1908 Rev. Daniel Lynch, 1886
1906 William Markoe, 1869
1905 John Ahmann, 1877
1904 Rev. L. J. Vaughan
1903 William Markoe, 1869
1898 Bishop Trobec
1895 Bishop Marty
1894 Governor Knute Nelson
1892 Judge D.B. Searle
1891 Hon. Frank E. Searle
1885 Hon. H.C. Waite
1884 J.C. Arctander
1882 Hon. H.C. Waite