1999 Commencement Ceremonies
Spring - May 16, 1999
Commencement Address by Barry Levinson
School of Communication and the School of International Service
Academy Award winning Director-Screenwriter-Producer Barry Levinson
has crafted an enviable reputation in the film industry as a director
who blends literate and intelligent visions into films.
Levinson was awarded the 1988 Best Director Oscar for the multiple award winning "Rain
Man." After attending American
University in Washington, D.C., Levinson moved to Los Angeles, where he began
acting as well as writing and performing comedy routines.
Commencement Address by Congressman John
School of Public Affairs and Kogod College of Business
Often called "one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced," John Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls "The Beloved Community" in America. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won him the admiration of many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress.
Commencement Address by Former Senator
College of Arts & Sciences
Bumpers, a Senator from Arkansas, served in the United States Marine Corps
from 1943-1946. He served as Charleston city attorney from 1952-1970. Bumpers
was a special justice, in the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1968 and Governor
of Arkansas from 1970-1974. He was elected as a Democrat to the United
States Senate in 1974 and served through January, 1999.
President John F. Kennedy spoke at American
University's Spring Commencement on June 10, 1963. In this speech Kennedy
called on the Soviet Union to work with the United States to achieve a nuclear
test ban treaty and help reduce the considerable international tensions and
the specter of nuclear war at that time. (text
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