IU Names Commencement Speakers, Honorary Degrees

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Indiana University has announced the 2019 commencement speakers and those who will receive honorary degrees. Ceremonies in Bloomington and Indianapolis will also feature guest speakers and 10 honorary degrees will be awarded across five campuses.

The speakers and honorary degrees are:


Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger will speak during the IU Bloomington graduate ceremony May 3.

Rita Colwelll, former director of the National Science Foundation and current distinguished university professor at University of Maryland College Park and Johns Hopkins University, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree during the graduate commencement ceremony.

The guest speaker will be Samantha Power, who will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. 

During the undergraduate ceremony, the university will also award honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees to:

• John Shoemaker, chairman of the board of enterprise networking company Extreme Networks Inc., technology entrepreneur and IU Kelley School of Business alumnus.

• Sue Talbot, founder of the Hoosiers for Higher Education advocacy group, lifelong educator, former IU trustee and three-time Indiana University alumna.


Sarah Evans Barker, senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, will speak at the commencement ceremony May 11.

In addition, honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees will be awarded to:

Donald Berwick, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, president emeritus and senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and one of the nation's leading authorities on health care quality and improvement.

Elizabeth Boris, founding director of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute and one of the leading scholars in the field of nonprofits and philanthropy.

IU East

Craig Kinyon, president and CEO of Reid Health, and Charlie Nelms, IU alumnus and longtime leader in higher education, will receive honorary degrees during IU East's commencement ceremony May 10.

IU Kokomo

IU Kokomo will honor Emita Hill, the campus's first female chancellor, with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during its commencement ceremony May 7.

IU Southeast

William Shrewsberry Jr., president and CEO of Indianapolis engineering and environmental consulting firm Shrewsberry & Associates, will be presented with an honorary degree during IU Southeast's commencement ceremony May 6.

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