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Bennington College History Overview: Commencement

A guide to archival, print, and visual resources about Bennington College.

Class of 1975

1975 Speaker Carol Channing

Class of 2008

Class of 1942

Commencement Speakers

1936 None. Remarks by Robert D. Leigh 

1937 W. H. Kilpatrick

1938 Frederick Lewis Allen speech

1939 Dorothy Canfield Fischer

1940 Henry Wallace

1941 Robert Lynd

1942 William L. Batt speech

1943 Robert D. Leigh

1944 Alexander Meiklejohn

1945 Justice Frank Murphy

1946 Reinhold Niebuhr

1947 Lewis Webster Jones

1948 Erich Fromm

1949 Hubert H. Humphrey

1950 Reinhold Niebuhr  

1951 Mary Josephine Shelly  

1952 Harry Allen Overstreet  

1953 Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.  

1954 Franklin Ford  

1955 W. Averell Harriman

1956 Howard M. Jones

1957 Alvin Eurich

1958 Jacques Barzun

1959 George Boas speech

1960 Francis Fergusson

1961 Henri Peyre

1962 Kenneth Burke

1933 David Reisman

1964 William Sloane Coffin, Jr.

1965 Gene Baro

1966 Howard Nemerov

1967 Russell Baker

1968 Thomas P. F. Hoving

1969 Denise Levertov speech 

1970 Kurt Vonnegut speech

1971 Anais Nin speech

1972 Jimmy Garrison

1973 Sr. Readings & Performances

1974 Thomas Brockway speech

1975 Carol Channing speech

1976 Joseph Iseman

1977 Elizabeth Holtzman

1978 Mitchell Markowitz ‘75

1979 Vivian Gornick

1980 Elizabeth Swados ‘73

1981 Bernard Malamud

1982 Joseph S. Murphy

1983 Frederick Wiseman

1984 Howard Nemerov

1985 Elizabeth Swados ‘73

1986 Tillie Olsen

1987 Barbara Lazear Ascher ‘68

1988 Elizabeth Frank ‘67

1989 Ellen McCulloch Lovell ‘69 speech

1990 Joan Tower ‘61

1991 Harvey Gantt

1992 Harvey Fierstein

1993 Kay Crawford Murray ‘56

1994 Harvey Lichtenstein ‘53

1995 Irene Borger ‘71

1996 Mark Gearan

1997 Jane Alexander

1998 Linda Wertheimer

1999 Peter Hedges

2000 Gay McDougall ‘69

2001 Rick Moody

2002 Meredith Monk

2003 Edith Velmans

2004 Shirin Ebadi speech

2005 Jonathan Lethem ‘86 speech

2006 Glen Van Brummelin

2007 Mac Maharaj

2008 Rebecca Tinsley

2009 Hendrik Hertzberg

2010 Melissa Rosenberg ’86

2011 Tim Daly ’79

2012 Peter Dinklage ’91

2013 Elizabeth Coleman

2014 Johnnetta Cole

2015 Gloria Steinem speech

2016 Jane Chu

2017 Cornell Brooks speech

2018 Liz Lerman

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