At 9:45am today, Michael Roth sent an all-campus email announcing this year’s Commencement speaker as well as the 2017 Honorary Degree recipients. Poet, essayist and playwright Claudia Rankine will deliver the 185th Commencement address on May 28, 2017.
Additionally, Wesleyan will honor Jo Handelsman, a former Associate Director for Science at the White House, and Cristina Jiménez, the executive director and co-founder of United We Dream, the largest youth-led immigration organization in the country. The Alumni Association’s Baldwin Award will be presented to John Driscoll ’62 and Gina Driscoll.
Here’s the full text of the email:
Hello. It’s only Wednesday of the first week of classes, and many of us are already peering toward commencement. I, personally, am ponderously gazing at the colorful produce photographs on Weshop’s south façade from the all-too-removed realm of Pi Cafe and thinking “GET ME THE TF OUT OF HERE.”
Naturally, I was very thankful and intrigued to see that Oliver Goodman ’17 was already thinking about who should speak at Wesleyan Commencement 2017. Monday night, Oliver started circulating a Change.Org petition to bring Kim Kardashian to speak as our 2017 Commencement Speaker. The petition now has 81 supporters. I interviewed Oliver about the petition for funsies: