• Gillian Zucker ’90, president of business operations for the NBA’s LA Clippers
  • Gail Mellow, former LaGuardia Community College president
  • Elaine Weiss K’73, author of the critically acclaimed The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote


  • Mason Ashe ’85, sports agent and attorney
  • Dale Bryk, director of state & regional policies, Harvard Environmental & Energy Law Program
  • Stephen I. Sadove ’73 (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • Ty Seidule, the Chamberlain Fellow and visiting professor of history (Commencement Speaker)



  • Michael R. Bloomberg, public servant, businessman, and philanthropist
  • Roz Chast K’75The New Yorker cartoonist (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • Shaun Lawrence Sarda Donovan P’21, former director of the Office of Management
  • Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Commencement Speaker)
  • George F. Little II ’71, P’04, Hamilton College trustee


  • Nan Aron, founder of Alliance for Justice
  • Guy Hebert ’89, Olympic, World Cup, and NHL All-Star hockey goalie
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • John G. Rice ’78, former vice chairman of General Electric
  • Darren Walker, Ford Foundation president (Commencement Speaker)


  • Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker  (Commencement Speaker)
  •  John B. Emerson ’75, retired United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Nancy Roob ’87, president and CEO of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and CEO of Blue Meridian Partners (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • Adam Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of Art


  • Peter Thiel, co-founder of worldwide online payments system PayPal (Commencement Speaker)
  • David Ferreiro, the 10th archivist of the U.S.  (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • Indra Nooyi P’07, chairman and chief executive officer of food and beverage company PepsiCo
  • Michael Shapiro ’71, director emeritus of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. 
  • David Wippman, 20th president of Hamilton College


  • Philip Murphy, former United States Ambassador to Germany (Commencement Speaker)
  • Bill Harley ’77, Grammy Award-winning recording artist 
  • Philip Lewis, vice president of the Mellon Foundation and professor emeritus at Cornell University
  • Kamila Shamsie ’94, Pakistani novelist (Baccalaureate Speaker)


  • Christopher Dickey, author and journalist (Commencement Speaker)
  • Deborah Bial, founder and president of the Posse Foundation
  • Rosanne Cash, singer and songwriter (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • Thomas Schwarz ’66, president of Purchase College


  • Thomas Tull ’92, chairman and CEO of Legendary Pictures (Commencement Speaker)
  • Oscar de la Renta, international fashion designer
  • Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • Xinran, Chinese radio journalist and author


  • A.G. Lafley ’69, chairman, president and CEO of Procter & Gamble (Commencement Speaker)
  • Peter Cameron ’82, novelist
  • Geoffrey Canada, CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • Letitia Chambers, president and CEO of the Heard Museum
  • Eugenie Havemeyer, a life trustee of Hamilton College and founding trustee of Kirkland College




  • John Adams, co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Cathie Black, president of Hearst Magazines (Commencement Speaker)
  • Rebecca Chopp, president of Colgate University (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • Stuart Scott ’61, and former chairman of its Board of Trustees



  • Sherwood Boehlert, former Congressman
  • Johnnetta B. Cole, President of Bennett College for Women (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations (Commencement Speaker)
  • F. Eugene Romano ’49, local businessman


  • Judith and Bill Moyers, Broadcast journalist (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • Anna Quindlen, Author (Commencement speaker)
  • Joseph S. Nye, Jr. P’87, P’88, Government studies educator, administrator


  • Mary L. Bonauto ’83, attorney, GLAAD
  • Ron Chernow, author
  • Peter John Gomes, professor and minister, Harvard University (Baccalaureate Speaker)
  • Francis Haas Musselman ’50, attorney, life trustee of Hamilton College, former chairman of the board of Kirkland College
  • Kurt L. Schmoke, former mayor of Baltimore (Commencement speaker)
  • Joseph Volpe, general manager, The Metropolitan Opera


  • Kevin Kennedy ’70, investment banker and former chairman of the Hamilton Board of Trustees
  • Margaret Miles, noted theological historian
  • Richard Nelson ’72, playwright
  • Joseph Wilder, jazz trumpeter
  • Michael Castle ’61, U.S. Representative and former Republican governor of Delaware (speaker only, HD was awarded earlier)


  • Rt. Rev. G.P. Mellick Belshaw, retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of NJ
  • David Grubin ’65, writer, director and producer of documentary films
  • Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Jim Lehrer, journalist (Commencement Speaker)
  • Bucky Pizzarelli, jazz guitarist
  • Joan Hinde Stewart, president of Hamilton College
  • Roger W. Straus Jr. ’39, publisher


  • Stephen Carter, professor, author and moralist
  • Richard Hyman, jazz composer, arranger, conductor and organist
  • Paul Kellogg, artistic director of the Glimmerglass Opera and director of the NY City Opera
  • Thomas Meehan ’51, Tony Award-winning Broadway writer
  • Christy Todd Whitman, EPA Administrator and former Republican governor of NJ (Commencement Speaker)



  • Kenny Davern, jazz clarinetist
  • John D. Feerick, dean of the Fordham University Law School
  • Rev. D. Joan Martin, Assoc. Professor of Christian Ethics and Episcopal Divinity School
  • John Nichols ’62, author
  • Sir Brian Urquhart, retired United Nations Undersecretary (Commencement Speaker)

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