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Summer 2012
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Commencement 2012 Honors Graduates, National Figures

Nationally acclaimed experts in education, theatre, law, business, computer science and public relations were invited as speakers and honorary degree recipients as part of DePaul's 114th commencement celebration this spring.

Seven ceremonies featured the following dignitaries:


College of Law

Speaker: John B. Simon, a nationally renowned attorney with the firm of Jenner and Block and former federal prosecutor who is a leader in Chicago's civic and philanthropic spheres. Simon also is a member of DePaul's board of trustees and a former chair.


College of Education

Speaker: Linda Darling-Hammond, a professor of education at Stanford University and one of the nation's top experts on education reform. She led President Barack Obama's education transition team.


School of Music and The Theatre School

(combined ceremony)

Speaker: Jackie Taylor, actress, theatrical producer and founder of Chicago's iconic Black Ensemble Theater, which recently opened a multimillion-dollar performing arts and cultural center in Chicago's Uptown community.


School for New Learning

Speaker: Laurent Parks-Daloz, author and pioneer in adult learning and the utilization of life experience in shaping education programs in the United States.


College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and College of Science and Health

(combined ceremony)

Speaker: E.O. Wilson, a Harvard professor and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, one of the world's most influential biologists and evolutionary theorists of the past half-century.


College of Computing and Digital Media and College of Communication

(combined ceremony)

Speaker: Alan C. Kay, a seminal force in the development of the personal computer and the Internet through his work with the Advanced Research Project Agency at the University of Utah and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.

Also honored at the ceremony was Al Golin, a leading figure in the public relations industry and founder of the international agency GolinHarris, an advisor to major global corporations and organizations.


College of Commerce

Speaker: Brian Campbell, industrialist, investor and philanthropist who has led the growth of several investment and manufacturing concerns while supporting numerous charities throughout the Midwest.

Also honored was James J. O'Connor, former chairman and CEO of Commonwealth Edison, current chair of Armstrong Industries and co-chairman of the Big Shoulders Fund, a leading organization providing access to Catholic elementary and secondary education for low-income, inner-city children.