Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients, 2000 - 2019

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Syron, Richard F.

CEO, American Stock Exchange 1994-1999

2000

Thompson, O. Rogeriee

Associate Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court 1997-2006

2000

Vattikuti, Rajendra B.

Founder, President, CEO, Complete Business Solutions, Inc.

2000

Wetherell, David S.

Chairman, CEO, CMGI

2000

George, Judy

Founder, CEO, Domain Home Fashions

2001

Hoy, John C.

President, New England Board of Higher Education

2001

Rowe, John W.

President, CEO, Exelon Corporation

2001

Stepan, Walter

Co-Chairman, Bacou USA, Inc.

2001

Williams, Juan

Radio Host, "Talk of the Nation"

2001

Goings, Rick

Chairman, CEO, Tupperware Corporation

2002

Keeley, Patrick

Professor, English and Humanities

2002

Szostak, M. Anne

Chairman, CEO, Fleet Rhode Island

2002

Walker, David M.

Comptroller General, United States of America 1998-2008

2002

Carcieri, Donald L.

Governor, Rhode Island 2003-2011

2003

Choquette, Paul J. Jr.

Chairman, CEO, Gilbane Building Company

2003

Costello, Charles W.

Former President, CEO, c.w. Costello & Associates

2003

Wang, Lulu C.

CEO, Tupelo Capital Management L.L.C.

2003

Bulgari, Nicola

Vice Chairman, Bulgari Group

2004

Farmer, Susan L.

President, CEO, WSBE-TV Rhode Island PBS

2004

Fuller, Millard Dean

Founder, President, Habitat for Humanity International

2004

Williams, Frank

Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Rhode Island

2004

Callahan, John D.

Chair of the Board of Directors, Callahan Group

2005

George, William W.

Professor of Management Practice, Harvard University

2005

Jingao, Zhang

President, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)

2005

Subramaniam, Shivan S.

Chairman, CEO, FM Global

2005

White, Arthur H.

Co-Founder, Vice Chairman, Yankelovich

2005

Broder, David

National Political Correspondent, The Washington Post

2006

Oxley, Michael G.

U.S. Representative, Ohio 1981-2007

2006

Snead, Cheryl Watkins

President, CEO, Banneker Industries, Inc.

2006

Vecchione, George A.

President, CEO, Lifespan

2006

O'Brien, Soledad

Anchor, Special Correspondent, CNN

2007

Reinemund, Steven S.

Chairman of the Board, PepsiCo. 2001-2006

2007

Sharer, Kevin

CEO, Amgen, Inc.

2007

Tanury, Thomas A.

Chairman, Tanury Industries

2007

Torres, Ernest C.

Judge, U.S. District Court in Rhode Island 1987 -

2007

Bush, George H.W.

President, United States, 1989-1993

2008

Jianchuan, Fan

President, Jianchuan Group

2008

Spillett, Roxanne

President, CEO, Boys & Girls Club of America 1996 -

2008

Warren, John C.

Chairman, CEO, Washington Trust and Washington Trust Bancorp., Inc.

2008

Almonte, Ernest A.

Auditor General for the State of Rhode Island

2009

Chace, Malcolm G. III

Chairman, BankRI

2009

Churchville, Lisa

President and General Manager of NBC 10 Providence/New Bedford

2009

Lucchino, Lawrence

President, CEO, Boston Red Sox

2009

Simpson, Gretchen Dow

Owner, Operator, Gretchen Dow Simpson Studio

2009

Gwathmey, Charles

Architect, Bello Center & Interfaith Center

2010

Ironclad Tupper the First

Bryant University Mascot

2010

Oblinger, Diana

President and CEO of Educause

2010

Reed, Jack

U.S. Senator from Rhode Island

2010

Siegel, Robert

Architect, Bello Center & Interfaith Center

2010

Vernerey, Laurent

President & CEO, APC by Schneider Electric

2010

Akerson, Daniel

Chairman & CEO of General Motors

2011

Alemany, Ellen

Chairman & CEO of Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

2011

Gutterman, Leslie

Rabbi, Temple Beth-El

2011

Mandle, Roger

Executive Director, Qatar Museums Authority; President, Rhode Island School of Design

2011

Zamperini, Louis

World War II veteran & POW survivor

2011

Del Vecchio, Claudio

Chairman and CEO of Brooks Brothers Group, Inc.; Executive Director of Luxottica Group

2012

Merchant, Cheryl

CEO of Hope Global

2012

Raimondo, Gina

General Treasurer of Rhode Island

2012

Sachs, Jeffrey

Professor of Sustainable Development, Health Policy, and Management at Columbia University

2012

Zolt, Nina

Co-founder and chief learning officer at ePals Inc.

2012

Bertini, Catherine

Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program

2013

MarcAurele, Joseph

Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, The WashingtonTrust Company

2013

Meacham, Jon

Historian, Author, Editor, Executive Vice President and Executive Editor at Random House Publishing

2013

Salem, Navyn

Founder and Executive Director of Edesia

2013

DiMuccio, Robert A.

Chairman, President and CEO, Amica Mutual Insurance Company

2014

Donnelly, Scott C.

Chairman and CEO, Textron, Inc.

2014

Fisher, Richard W.

President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

2014

Roche, Joyce M.

CEO, Girls Inc.

2014

Fisher, Michael E. '67

Managing Director, Barclays Global Investors

2015

Foulkes, Helena B.

Executive Vice President, CVS Health; President, CVS/pharmacy

2015

Maraniss, David

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author

2015

Steinberg, Neil D.

President and CEO, Rhode Island Foundation

2015

Christensen, Clayton M.

Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

2016

Goldberg, Maureen McKenna

Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice

2016

Singleton, J. L. “Lynn”

President and CEO, Providence Performing Arts

2016

Wang, Taoguang

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Beijing Institute of Technology Zhuhai

2016

Furtado, Gary E. '78, '85 MBA

CEO, Navigant Credit Union

2017

Immelt, Jeffrey R.

Chairman of the Board and CEO , GE

2017

Kamineni, Shobana

Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited

2017

Machtley, Kati C.

Bryant Women's Summit Co-founder and Director

2017

Beverley E. Ledbetter

Vice President and General Counsel for Brown University

2018

Fain, Jonathan D.

Chairman/CEO, Teknor Apex Co.

2018

Parillo, Sandra Glaser

Providence Mutual President and CEO

2018

Alexander-Scott, Nicole

Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, 2015-

2019

Chao, Elaine L.

United States Secretary of Transportation

2019

Ipsen, Laura K.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Ellucian

2019

Smith, William E.

Rhode Island Chief Judge. Date Served: (2002 - present)

2019