James Wright Named Commencement Speaker for Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Professional Studies

Dartmouth College President Emeritus and Winter Park Institute Visiting Scholar James Wright will address graduates during commencement.

Dartmouth College President Emeritus and Winter Park Institute Visiting Scholar James Wright will deliver the keynote address during the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Professional Studies 2013 commencement ceremony.

Wright served as Dartmouth president from 1998 until 2009. A member of the Dartmouth faculty since 1969, he served as dean of the faculty from 1989–¬97 and as provost from 1997–98. Wright received a bachelor's degree from Wisconsin State University-Platteville and a master’s and doctoral degree in history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

An American historian and Marine Corps veteran, Wright is the author or editor of six books including Those Who Have Borne the Battle: A History of America’s Wars and Those Who Fought Them, which was selected by the New York Times Book Review as an Editors’ Choice recommendation.

He has done extensive work with veterans, encouraging injured servicemen and women to continue their education. His dedication to veterans is embodied in his involvement in the planning for the Yellow Ribbon Program that provided for private institutions to be included in the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, and his work with the American Council on Education (ACE) to create a new educational counseling program for wounded U.S. veterans.

Wright will join the ranks of previous commencement speaks who have included Martha J. Kanter, undersecretary of education; Harvey L. Massey, chairman and CEO of Massey Services Inc.; Eduardo Padron, president of Miami Dade College; Terry Teachout, drama and cultural critic for The Wall Street Journal; and Leonard L. Abess, CEO of City National Bank of Florida.

Rollins will honor and bestow its Arts & Sciences and Professional Studies graduates with diplomas on Sunday, May 12. The ceremony will take place in the Harold & Ted Alfond Sports Center at 10 a.m. with a reception following.

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