The moment we’ve all been waiting for is in. Michael Bennet ’87 will be this year’s commencement speaker (save the date: May 27). The announcement isn’t such a huge surprise since Wesleyan seems to like bringing politicians and alumni to commencement, and
Hickenlooper Bennet satisfies both criteria. Artist Glenn Ligon ’82 and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards P’13 will also be receiving honorary degrees.
Bennet graduated with a bachelors in history from Wesleyan, but that’s not his only connection: his father, Douglas Bennet, was President of the university from 1995 to 2007 (Roth’s immediate predecessor). His official biography can be found after the jump, and stresses his interest in education and America’s youth as a whole. In relation to past commencement speakers, Wikipedia notes that Bennet advised 2008 speaker Barack Obama on education and was even speculated for the Secretary of Education spot. Bennet also formerly served as 2010 speaker John Hickenlooper’s Chief of Staff.
Tickets will go on sale at 10AM at the Box Office on Thursday, so get your sleeping bags and port-a-potties ready. You might also care to know that Bennet is a co-sponsor of PIPA, so you can always argue with him if you didn’t get a Scalia ticket.
Props to anyone who replied to the email asking who we’re getting for Spring Fling, but direct that towards the Spring Fling Committee. Here’s the full email itself: