Valedictory and Final Exercises Speakers

   

Baccalaureate/ Class Day/ Valedictory Exercises Speaker*

  Final Exercises Speaker
1964       Colgate W. Darden, Jr.
1965       Robert Kent Gooch
1966       Jesse Wakefield Beams
1967       Edgar F. Shannon, Jr.
1968       Mills E. Godwin, Jr.
1969       Edgar F. Shannon, Jr.
1970   Baccalaureate was cancelled   Edgar F. Shannon, Jr.
1971   Kenneth G. Elzinga   Vance Hartke
1972   Buckminster Fuller   William F. Buckley, Jr.
1973   James Dickey   Lady Bird Johnson
1974   Garry B. Trudeau   Edgar F. Shannon, Jr.
1975   George Garrett   Nancy Hale
1976   Joseph Sorrentino   Mills E. Godwin, Jr.
1977   Raymond A. Moody, Jr.   James R. Schlesinger
1978   James S. Payne   Thurgood Marshall
1979   Eugene McCarthy   William H. Rehnquist
1980   Raymond C. Bice, Jr.   Charles L. Brown
1981   Jeff MacNelly   George Bush
1982   Virginius Dabney   Pete V. Domenici
1983   D. Alan Williams   Charles Robb
1984   Edward M. Kennedy   C. Vann Woodward
1985   John W. Warner   Frank L. Hereford, Jr.
1986   Ted Turner   L. Douglas Wilder
1987   Leslie Gelb   Elizabeth H. Dole
1988   Sam Donaldson   John P. Stevens
1989   Alex Sanders**   Gerald Baliles
1990   Arthur Ashe   Robert M. O'Neil
1991   Art Buchwald   Nathaniel Howell
1992   Katie Couric   John Charles Thomas
1993   Tom Brokaw   John T. Casteen III
1994   Brit Hume   George Allen
1995   Marian Wright Edelman   William J. Raspberry
1996   James Carville   Kathryn C. Thornton
1997   Wyatt Andrews   Hunter B. Andrews
1998   Christopher Reeve   James S. Gilmore III
1999   Sara James   Howard H. Baker, Jr.
2000   Andy Rooney   Alfred R. Berkeley III
2001   Timothy A. Koogle   Francis S. Collins
2002   David Baldacci   Mark R. Warner
2003   L.D. Britt   Mortimer Caplin
2004   Atiim Kiambu (Tiki) Barber   John W. Warner
2005   Ron Suskind   Vivian Pinn
2006   TomWolfe   Timothy M. Kaine
2007   Boyd Tinsley   John Grisham
2008   Sheila C. Johnson   Hunter R. Rawlings III
2009   Dawn Staley   J. Harvie Wilkinson III
2010   David Baldacci   John T. Casteen III
2011   J. Brady Lum   Robert F. McDonnell
2012   Valerie Ackerman   Katie Couric
2013   Stephen Colbert   Jim Webb
* From 1971-1978, there was a Baccalaureate speaker. In 1979, there was a Baccalaureate/ Class Day speaker. Valedictory Exercises began in 1980.
** Mr. Sanders is an alumnus and was the parent of a graduating student. He substituted for Pat Conroy, who was unable to get to Charlottesville at the last minute due to weather.

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