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 2013 Spring Commencement

Ronald Rittenmeyer '72Ronald Rittenmeyer
President and CEO of Expert Global Solutions, Inc.

Ronald Rittenmeyer, chairman, president and CEO of Expert Global Solutions, Inc., delivered the spring 2013 commencement address. Rittenmeyer, a Kingston, Pa., native now living in Plano, Texas, graduated from Wilkes in 1972 with a degree in commerce and economics. He will receive an honorary degree, the doctor of humane letters, honoring him for his leadership and distinguished contributions to the fields of business and industry. [MORE]
 


Sharon H. Lee2012 Spring Commencement

Sharon H. Lee
Low-Income Housing Advocate

Sharon H. Lee, founding executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), will delivered the Spring 2012 commencement address at Wilkes University on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.


2011 Spring CommencementRobert Listenbee

Robert Listenbee
Advocate for the rights and interests of children in the juvenile justice system

Attorney Robert Listenbee, member of the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice, delivered the University’s 64th annual Spring commencement address on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.


2010 Spring CommencementEd Rendell

The Hon. Edward Rendell
Pennsylvania Govenor 2003 - 2011

The Hon. Edward Rendell, Pennsylvania governor, delivered the commencement address at Wilkes University’s 63rd annual spring commencement on 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
 


2009 Spring CommencementJohn Brooks Slaughter

John Brooks Slaughter
Advocate of increased minority participation in engineering and the sciences

John Brooks Slaughter, who served as the first African American director of the National Science Foundation, delivered the keynote address at Wilkes University’s 62nd annual spring commencement on Saturday, May 16, 2009.
 


2008 Spring CommencementThomas Kean

Thomas H. Kean
Governor of New Jersey (1982-1990)

The Hon. Thomas H. Kean served as keynote speaker at Wilkes University's 61st Annual Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 15, 2008.
 


 2007 Spring CommencementMarlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin
Oscar-winning actress

Actress Marlee Matlin delivered the keynote address at Wilkes University’s 60th Annual Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 19, 2007.
 


2006 Spring Commencement Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Journalist

Journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault delivered the keynote address at Wilkes University’s 59th annual spring commencement on Saturday, May 20th, 2006.
 


2005 Spring CommencementRobert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Environmental advocate and political activist

Attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr., delivered the keynote address at Wilkes University’s 58th annual spring commencement on Saturday, May 21, 2005.
 


2004 Spring CommencementRon Sargent

William H. Cosby
Award-winning actor, writer, comedian, producer and composer

Actor Bill Cosby served as keynote speaker at Wilkes University's 57th Annual Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 15, 2004.
 


2003 Spring CommencementRon Sargent

Ron Sargent
Chief Executive Officer of Staples, Inc.

Ron Sargent, Chief Executive Officer of Staples, Inc., served as keynote speaker for Wilkes University’s 56th annual spring commencement on Saturday, May 17, 2003.
 



 

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