Past Commencement Speakers
1858 - 1868 No speaker listed
1869 - Philosophical Orations Miss Marcie M. Garretson, Mt. Union; S. W. Swtizer, Leetonia, OH; G. W. Buell, Kent, OH; J. J. Steadman, Farmington, OH
1870 - Belles Lettres Oration B. F. Niesz, Canton, OH; A. B. Orr (Cl.), West Newton, PA; T. W. Roach (Sc.), Newark, MO
1871 - Belles Lettres Oration Laura U. Case, Orangeville, OH; A. G. Case, Orangeville, OH; F. H. Durstine, Smithville, OH; Ella C. Eberly, Smithville, OH; J. P. Fawcett, Herriottsville, OH, J. M. Fraze, Mt. Eaton, OH; E. D. Holtz, Hannibal, Ohio; B. J. Jacob, New Philadelphia, OH; H. S. Lehr, Ada, OH; J. McCloy, West Hebron, NY; M. O. McCoy, Mount Union, Lizzie McIntosh, Salineville, OH; I. T. Osmond, Mt. Union; Sarah Rexboth, Bueyrus, OH, M. Shaw, Minerva, OH; W. L. Slutts, Canton, OH
1872 Belles Lettres Oration Clara E. Tribby, North East, PA; J. P. Treat, Geneva, OH; L. D. Wilson, New York City, NY
1874 Annual Address Bishop Gilbert Haven, D.D., Atlanta, GA
1875 Addresses William Allen, Governor of Ohio; Dr. J. H. Vincent, New York; Lewis Miller, President of Trustees, and others
1876 Short addresses by: persons from abroad, among which one is expected from Gov. Hayes
1877 Short addresses by Trustees, Alumni, etc.
1878 Short annual addresses by persons from abroad
1879 Short Addresses by several distinguished visitors from abroad.
1881 Remarks by Governor Foster, Judge Crocker, Lewis Miller, Pres. Trustees and others
1882 Addresses by Hon. Lewis Miller, Pres. Trustees; Judge T. D. Crocker, LL.D. of Cleveland; Hon. J. W. F. White, LL.D. of Pittsburgh and others
1883 Addresses by Gov. Foster, Hon. Lewis Miller, Pres. Board of Trustees and others
1884 Short Addresses Lewis Miller and other Members of the Trustees and Conference Committees
1885 Addresses by George Hoadly, Governor of Ohio; Hon. Lewis Miller, President of Trustees; Hon. T. D. Crocker, LL.D. and others
1886 Addresses by Hon. Lewis Miller, President of the Trustees and others
1888 Missionary Addresses Prof. Marcus D. Buell, S.T.B., Boston University; Rev. Sia Sek Ong, D.D., China; Annual Sermon Rev. Homer J. Smith, Ph. D., Cleveland
1889 Governor Joseph B. Foraker
1890 Rev. John F. Fisher, Bedford, Ohio
1891 Bishop John H. Vincent & Rev. Dr. D. H. Moore, Editor Western Christian Advocate
1892 Heaton W. Harris '1882
1893 Bishop I. W. Joyce
1894 Bishop J. M. Walden, D. D. LL. D.
1895 Bishop John H. Vincent, D. D., LL. D.
1896 Rev. A. B. Leonard, D.D.
1897 Bishop E. G. Andrews, LL. D., Hon. Robt. L. Tayler, M.C., Hon. John A. McDowell, M.C., Dr. J. O. Campbell, Dr. O.N. Hartshorn and others.
1898 Hon. Jonathan P. Dolliver, Member of Congress from Iowa
1899 Rev. Dr. T. B. Neely, D. D., LL. D., Philadelphia, PA
1901 Rev. Dr. Newell Dwight Hillis, Pastor Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.
1902 Rev. Thos. Dixon Jr., New York
1909 Hon. Joseph Wingate Folk, ExGovernor of Missouri
1910 'The Value of an Educated Man to Democracy,' The Reverend S. Parkes Cadman, D.D., Pastor Central Congregational Church, Brooklyn N.Y.
1911 'The Patriotism of Peace,' The Hon. J. Frank Hanly, ExGovernor of Indiana
1912 The Reverend Bishop William A. Quayle, LL.D., Bishop of The Methodist Episcopal Church
1913 The Reverend Russell H. Conwell, D.D., LL.D., President Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.
1914 Honorable Philander Chase Knox, A.M., LL.D., '72, Washington, D.C.
1915 President George E. Vincent, LL.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
1916 - 'The Perils of Knowledge,' The Rev. Edwin Holt Huges, D. D., LL. D., Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church
1917 - The Reverend William Frazier McDowell, D.D., LL.D., Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.
1918 - 'The Call of America to the Moral Leadership of the World,' William Franklin Anderson, D.D. LL.D., Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Cincinnati, Ohio
1919 - Francis J. McConnell, D.D., LL.D., Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Denver, Colorado
1920 - Herbert Welch, D.D., LL.D., Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Seoul, Korea
1921 - The Reverend S. Parkes Cadman, D.D., Brooklyn, N.Y.
1922 - Mr. Glenn Frank, New York City, Editor, 'The Century Magazine'
1923 - 'Christ in ManMaking,' Professor Herman Harrell Horne, Ph.D., Professor of the History of Education and of the History of Philosophy, New York University, NY
1924 - The Reverend Lauress J. Birney, D.D., LL.D, Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Shanghai, China
1925 - 'What Is a Liberal Education?' The Reverend Professor Albert Parker Fitch, A.M., D.D., Professor of the History of Religion, Carleton College
1926 - '1946,' Dr. David Allen Robertson
1927 - 'Literature and Science,' Wilbur L. Cross, Ph. D., Dean of the Graduate School, Yale University
1928 - 'The Influence of Atmosphere,' The Reverend Charles Whitney Gilkey, D.D., Professor of Preaching, Divinity School, University of Chicago
1929 - 'Worthy Home Membership, One of the Cardinal Objectives of Education,' Joy Elmer Morgan, Editor, The Journal of the National Education Association, Washington, D.C.
1930 - Alfred H. Upham, President of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
1931 - 'Titan of This Tumult,' The Reverend Professor William Stidger, D.D, Boston University School of Theology
1932 - 'The Teacher,' Edwin Holt Hughes, D.D., LL.D., Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Chicago, Illinois
1933 - The Reverend Samuel Parkes Cadman, D.D., LL.D., Pastor, Central Church, Brooklyn, New York
1934 - 'Finding Our Way in the Twentieth Century,' The Reverend Lynn Harold Hough, D.D., LL.D., Litt. D., Dean of Drew Theological Seminary of Madison, New Jersey
1935 - 'Voices of the Times,' The Reverend Doctor Francis J. McConnell, Ph. D., D.D., LL.D, Bishop of the New York Area, Methodist Episcopal Church
1936 - 'Phases of Education Not Described in College Catalogues,' Dr. Charles Hubbard Judd, Ph.D., LL.D., Chairman of the Department of Psychology and Director of the School of Education, University of Chicago
1937 - 'Truth and Poetry,' Professor William Lyon Phelps, Ph.D., Litt.D., LL.D., Professor of English Literature Emeritus, Yale University
1938 - 'The Crisis In American Civilization,' William James Durant, Ph.D., L.H.D., Author, Teacher, and Philosopher
1939 - 'The SinoJapanese Crisis,' The Reverend Wilbur Emery Hammaker, Resident Bishop of the Denver Area, Western Jurisdiction, The Methodist Church
1940 - 'The Moral Burden of Civilization,' President Umphrey Lee, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1941 - 'Three Things That Matter,' Grove Patterson, A.M., LL.D., Litt.D., Editor
The Toledo Blade, Toledo Ohio
1942 - 'Courageous Living,' Aaron John Brumbaugh, Ph.D., LL.D., Professor of Education and Dean of Students, University of Chicago
1943 - 'Look Up, America,' The Honorable Harold Hitz Burton, United State Senator from Ohio
1946 - 'What Is The Outlook For The Next Century,' Charles F. Kettering, Vice President and Director of Research, General Motors Corporation
1948 - 'High Education for Modern Needs,' John Dale Russell, A.M., Ph.D., Director, Division of Higher Education, United States Office of Education
1949 - 'An Academic Appraisal,' William G. Avirett, Education Editor, New York Herald Tribune
1952 - Samuel D. Marble, A.B., M.A., Ph.D., LL.D., President, Wilmington College
1953 - Kenneth McFarland, M.S., Ph.D., Education Consultant and Lecturer, General Motors Corporation
1955 - Dr. Charles William Mayo, Professor and Surgeon at The Mayo Foundation in Rochester, Minnesota
1957 - Hurst Robins Anderson, M.A., L.H.D., LL.D., President, American University, Washington, D.C.
1958 - Max Lerner, A.M., Ph.D., Journalist, Teacher and Author, New York City
1959 - 'A Biography of Mankind,' Paul Weaver, B.D., D.D., President, Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio
1960 - 'Schools for Survival,' Charles Harold Boehm, Sr., A.M., Ed.D., LL.D., D.Sc., State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
1961 - 'Great American Teachers of the Twentieth Century,' Benjamin Fine, Ph.D., Ed., D., L.H.D., LL.D., D. Litt, D.Sc., Journalist, Educator, Lecturer, and Education Editor for North American Newspaper Alliance, New York, New York
1962 - Carl C. Bracy, Th.M., D.D., LL.D., The President
1963 - The Honorable Luther H. Hodges, A.B., The Secretary of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
1964 - 'A Talk For The Right Hand,' Charles R. Keller, Ph.D., L.H.D., Director, John Hay Fellows Program, New York City
1965 - 'Education and Moral Responsibility,' M. Nielsen, D.Sc., Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, The Babcock & Wilcox Company, New York City
1966 - 'Man and Mankind,' Howard Foster Lowry, Ph.D., Litt.D., LL.D., D.C.L., L.H.D., President of the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio
1967 - 'Health Care for the Future,' James Lee Goddard, M.D., M.P.H, Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
1968 - 'Some Thoughts on the World Around Us,' John Semple Galbraith, A.M., Ph.D.,
Chancellor, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California
1969 - 'Challenges for the Seventies,'Kenneth H. McFall, B.S., M.A., Ph.D., Vice President, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
1970 - 'Dooth'youre owene thing,' Gale W. McGee, A.B., M.A., Ph.D., United States Senator from the State of Wyoming, Washington, D.C.
1971 - 'Commencement '71,' Elden T. Smith, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Executive Associate of Association of American Colleges, Washington, D.C.
1972 - 'The Vanishing Middle ' Ground in Contemporary America,' William B. Saxbe, A.B., L.L.B., L.L.D., United States Senator from the State of Ohio, Washington, D.C.
1973 - 'Graduation or Commencement?' James G. Watt, B.S., J.D., Director, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, United States Department of Interior, Washington, D.C.
1974 - 'Commencement, '74' Henry G. Cramblett, B.S., M.D., Dean of the College of Medicine, The Ohio State University
1975 - 'Quo Vadis,' The Honorable Ralph S. Regula, B.A., L.L.B., United States Representative, 16th Congressional District of Ohio
1976 - 'Alternative Future,' Edgar D. Mitchell, B.S., B.S., Ph.D., D.Sc., Eng.D.,
Former NASA Astronaut, Captain, USN (retired), President, Edgar D. Mitchell Corporation
1977 - 'Privileges and Responsibilities in America,' Davis Eugene Boster, A.B., American Ambassador to Guatemala
1978 - 'Mandate for Leadership,' James S. Thomas, B.A., B.D., M.A., Ph.D., D.D., LL.D., L.H.D., HH.D, S.T.D., D.H., Resident Bishop, Ohio East Area, The United Methodist Church
1979 - 'Something Vital for Each Student,' A.B. Bonds Jr., A.B., M.A., LL.D., President, BaldwinWallace College
1980 - Dorothy A. Sisk, B.S., M.A., Ed.D., Professor of Education, University of South Florid, 'Excellence Versus Survival'
1981 - James S. Barrett, A.B., M.Div., D.D., L.H.D., LL.D., 'The Church and the College,'
Associate General Secretary, Division of Higher Education, Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist ChurchPresidentelect
Greensboro, North Carolina
1982 - Thurston E. Manning, B.A., Ph.D., LL.D, Director of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education and Treasurer of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
1983 - The Honorable Terrel H. Bell, B.A., M.Sc., Ed.D., Secretary, United States Department of Education
1984 - Francis G. Rodgers, B.S., LL.D., LL.D., IBM Vice President, Marketing, 'Constants of Change'
1985 - N. Yost Osborne, B.A., Litt.M., B.L.S., Librarian and Professor of Bibliography, Mount Union College, 'Sit Lux'
1986 - Phyllis Curtin, B.A., Dean of the School for the Arts and Professor of Music, Boston University, 'Arts, and the Definition of a Society'
1987 - U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Charles J. Pilliod Jr.
1988 - Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, A.B., D.Div., S.T.B., A.M.
1989 - Senator Mark O. Hatfield
1990 - Judith McMillin Chambers, B.A., M.A., D.H.L.,, Vice President for Student Life at The University of Pacific
1991 - Samuel D. Proctor, A.B., B.D., Th.D., Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Pastor Emeritus, Abyssinian Baptist Church, NY
1992 - Allen P. Splete, B.A., MA., Ph.D., President, Council of Independent Colleges
1993 - Ernest L. Boyer, A.B., M.A., Ph.D., President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
1994 - Robert E. Mercer, B.E., Retired Chairman of the Board, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
1995 - Arthur E. Levine, B.A., Ph.D., President, Teachers College, Columbia University
1996 - Dr. Jeanett Grasselli Brown, renowned chemist and member of Ohio Board of Regants
1997 - Dr. David L. Warren, President of the national Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
1998 - Dr. Alejandro Gertz Manero, President of the University of the Amercias (UDLA) in Mexico City, Mexico
1999 - Mary Regula, B.A., Founder of the National First Ladies Library
2000 - Harold M. Kolenbrander, B.A., Ph.D., President of the College
2001 - Brian L. Stafford, B.A., Director of the United States Secret Service
2002 - Fred J. Haupt, B.A., J.D., Chairman of Mount Union College Board of Trustees
2003 - Larry D. Shinn, Ph.D., President of Berea College
2004 - Bernadine Healy, M.D., Advisor to the White House
2005 - Victor J. Boschini Jr., B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Chancellor of Texas Christian University
2006 - Anthony Dorame, B.S., M.A., Lieutenant Governor of the Pueblo of Tesuque
2007 - Maria Antonieta Collins, host of the innovative morning program Cada Dia con Maria Antonieta (Telemundo/NBC)
2008 - Sylvester (Sy) Green ’64, retired national chairman/consultant of Green Rolle Consulting, LLC
2009 - James W. Griffith, president and chief executive office of the Timken Company and member of the Mount Union Board of Trustees.
2010 - Robert Mahoney, chairman emeritus of the board of Diebold Inc. and a member of the Mount Union Board of Trustees
2011 - Vanita D. (Bauknight ’63) Oelschlager, Jack Peters and the late Charles Grove were awarded honorary degrees.
2012 - E. Dominic Capers '72, defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers
2013 - Matthew Darrah '84, executive vice president of North American Operations for Enterprise Holdings.