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2002 Commencement Ceremonies

May 12th & 19

Goldie Hawn

Commencement Speech by Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn, who attended AU in the early 1960s, spoke at the College of Arts and Sciences graduation ceremony. Known best for her 30-plus films, the actress began as a dancer and ran a ballet school while attending AU. She went from there to Broadway, became famous on television with, among other shows, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, and went on to act in numerous films. Her most recent is Town and Country, with Warren Beatty, Andie MacDowell, and Garry Shandling. She also has directed the Turner Network Television movie Hope.

Peter Bell

Commencement Speech by Peter Bell
Peter Bell, president of CARE, spoke at the School of International Service and School of Communication commencement. CARE, one of the world's largest private agencies for international development and relief, responds to disasters and promotes sustainable long-term development programs.

Lawrence Small

Commencement Speech by Lawrence Small
Lawrence Small spoke at the Kogod School of Business and School of Public Affairs commencement. Small has been secretary of the Smithsonian Institution for the past two years, during which time he has reorganized the combined museum and research complex, with its 14 museums and galleries, the National Zoo, and two museums in New York City. Before coming to the Smithsonian, he was president and COO of Fannie Mae, and served on numerous nonprofit and corporate boards.

Thomas Buergenthal

Commencement Speech by Thomas Buergenthal
AU's Washington College of Law commencement featured Tomas Buergenthal, the only American judge on the international court at The Hague. The 15-judge court is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations and tries cases between political states including those involving genocide, terrorism, and war. Buergenthal is deeply involved in international and human rights law and has won numerous prizes for his work in the field. He has chaired and contributed to delegations, commissions, and boards for many organizations, sincluding UNESCO and the United Nations.

January 27, 2002

Commencement Speech by Anthony Lewis
Lewis is a prominent liberal intellectual, writing for the New York Times op-ed page and the New York Review of Books, among other publications. From 1952-55 he worked for the Democratic National Committtee and the Washington Daily News. His first Pulitzer Prize was in 1955 for reporting on the U.S. Government's loyalty program, and specifically on the dismissal of a Navy employee who was not informed of the nature of the accusations against him, nor of his accusers. He won a second Pulitzer Prize in 1963 for his coverage of the United States Supreme Court.

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Commencement Addresses

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 of speech)

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