Major Speakers: Arts and Media

Garry Marshall gives the Commencement address.

May 19, 2012

Award-Winning Film Director Garry Marshall Speaks at 177th Commencement

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Lafayette granted 612 degrees to 585 graduating seniors and honorary doctorates to four distinguished leaders, including award-winning television and film director, writer, producer, and actor Garry Marshall, today at the 177th Commencement. Watch a video of Marshall’s Commencement address View photo galleries of the ceremony and student-family celebrations Watch a video montage of Commencement scenes [...]

Gwen Ifill speaks at 176th Commencement.

May 21, 2011

TV Journalist Gwen Ifill Speaks at 176th Commencement

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Lafayette granted 551 degrees to 526 graduating seniors, the Lafayette Medal for Distinguished Service to Elbern H. Alkire Jr. ’58, and honorary doctorates to four distinguished leaders, including TV journalist Gwendolyn Ifill, today at the 176th Commencement. During her address, Ifill, who is a best-selling author and senior correspondent for The PBS NewsHour, told graduates [...]


March 9, 2011

A Life in the Theater: Broadway Legend Stephen Sondheim Visits Campus

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Last night, Colton Chapel was filled to capacity. Legendary Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim sat onstage casual and relaxed. Although 80 years old with a full head of white hair, he exuded a boyish charm that gave the feeling he was a favorite uncle entertaining everyone with tales of his adventures. Across from him [...]


October 23, 2009

Joan Lunden to Speak at 175th Commencement

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  Award-winning television journalist and author, she was the longest-running host on early morning television on Good Morning America Joan Lunden, award-winning television journalist and best-selling author, will be the principal speaker at Lafayette’s 175th Commencement on Saturday, May 22, 2010, and will be awarded an honorary degree. “I’m delighted that Joan Lunden will address [...]