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Commencement Speakers

2017 Commencement speaker Oprah Winfrey

Global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress Oprah Winfrey delivered the address at Smith College’s 139th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21, 2017.


Speakers

  • 1879: Charles W. Elliot
  • 1880: Daniel C. Gilman
  • 1881: Rev. Alexander McKenzie
  • 1882: George P. Fisher
  • 1883: Francis A. Walker
  • 1884: Charles Dudley Warner
  • 1885: Andrew P. Peabody
  • 1886: Rev. William R. Huntington
  • 1887: Rev. Francis G. Peabody
  • 1888: Col. Thomas W. Higginson
  • 1889: Rev. Brooke Herford
  • 1890: John Dewey
  • 1891: Jacob G. Schurman
  • 1892: John Bascom
  • 1893: Hjalmar H. Boyesen
  • 1894: William DeWitt Hyde
  • 1895: William J. Tinker
  • 1896: Rev. Washington Gladden
  • 1897: Rev. John Henry Barrows
  • 1898: Rev. Kinsley Twining
  • 1899: Rev. Richard Salter Storrs
  • 1900: Hamilton W. Mabie
  • 1901: James Hulme Canfield
  • 1902: Edward Everett Hale
  • 1903: Bliss Perry
  • 1904: Rev. Dr. Henry van Dyke
  • 1905: Felix Adler
  • 1906: Hon. Samuel W. McCall
  • 1907: Samuel McChord Crothers
  • 1908: Hugh Black
  • 1909: Rev. George A. Gordon
  • 1910: Rev. Hugh Black
  • 1911: Washington Gladden
  • 1912: Bliss Perry
  • 1913: Henry Churchill King
  • 1914: Charles E. Jefferson
  • 1915: John Huston Finley
  • 1916: Charles Summer Whitman
  • 1917: George Edgar Vincent
  • 1918: Bliss Perry
  • 1919: Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve
  • 1920: Frederick James Eugene Woodbridge
  • 1921: Roscoe Pound
  • 1922: Rev. Samuel McChord Crothers
  • 1923: Rt. Rev. Charles Lewes Slatte
  • 1924: Chauncey Brewster Tinker
  • 1925: Ada Louise Comstock 1897
  • 1926: Paul Shorey
  • 1927: Rev. Harry Emerson Fosdick
  • 1928: William Lyon Phelps
  • 1929: Raymond Blaine Fosdick
  • 1930: William Ernest Hocking
  • 1931: Norman Thomas
  • 1932: Ralph Barton Perry
  • 1933: Alanson Bigelow Houghton
  • 1934: Christian Gauss
  • 1935: Chauncey Brewster Tinker
  • 1936: William Ernest Hocking
  • 1937: Walter Lippman
  • 1938: George Lyman Kittridge
  • 1939: William Allan Neilson LLD '42
  • 1940: Wystan Hugh Auden
  • 1941: Roy Dickinson Welch
  • 1942: Archibald MacLeish
  • 1943: Herbert Davis
  • 1943: Vera Micheles Dean
  • 1944: Max Lerner
  • 1944: Mildred H. McAfee
  • 1945: Leverett Saltonstall
  • 1946: C.E. Kenneth Mess
  • 1947: Edward R. Murrow
  • 1948: William Clyde DeVane