June 20, 2008
2001 Commencement Ceremonies
Address by Molly Smith
College of Arts and Sciences
Smith is Artistic Director of the Arena Stage. Ms. Smith
began her theater career in Washington, D.C. in the early 1970s. In
1979 she moved back to Juneau, Alaska where she founded Perseverance
Theatre. During her 19 years at Perseverance, Ms. Smith nurtured the
theater into a national presence, directing more than 50 productions
as Artistic Director.
by Ariel Dorfman
School of Communication and School of International Service
Dorfman was born in Argentina but his family moved to the United States
shortly after his birth, and then moved to Chile in 1954. From 1970 to
1973, Dorfman was part of the administration of president Salvador Allende.
He was forced into exile following the bloody military coup of 1973 in
which General Augusto Pinochet came to power. Dorfman has written fiction
often dealing with the horrors of tyranny and, in later works, the trials
Commencement Address By Kevin Klose
Kogod School of Business and School of Public Affairs
Klose is the president and chief executive officer for National Public
Radio, the United States' largest nonprofit radio outlet for
news and cultural programming.
Prior to his tenure at National Public Radio, Klose was for 25 years an editor
and reporter The Washington Post.
Commencement Address by Dr. Roger
American University Trustee
Ireson was general secretary at the General Board of Higher Education
and Ministry from 1987-2001. GBHEM operates on behalf of The United Methodist
Church to prepare and assist those whose ministry is exercised
through ordination or the diaconate and to provide general oversight
and care for United Methodist institutions of higher education.