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2003 Commencement Ceremonies

May 11 & 18, 2003

Theodore Sorensen

Commencement Speech by Theodore C. Sorensen
Sorensen wrote President John F. Kennedy's historic speech given at AU's commencement in June 1963, which 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. Sorenson wrote the 1965 book, "Kennedy," an international best seller, and seven other books on the presidency, politics, and foreign policy.

Charlayne Hunter Gault

Commencement Speech by Charlayne Hunter Gault
Gault, currently the Johannesburg bureau chief of CNN, has had a distinguished career in journalism and communications with nearly 20 years with PBS where she was national correspondent for The News Hour with Jim Lehrer; National Public Radio as chief Africa correspondent; and a reporter for the New Yorker and the New York Times. She also was the first African American woman to enroll & graduate from the University of Georgia (as one of the first two African American students).

Garry Wills

Commencement Speech by Garry Wills
Wills, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, has written close to 30 books on American political and social history, and won the Pulitzer for his book, "Lincoln at Gettysburg." He also has written on Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Henry Adams, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, the Catholic Church, and other topics of American history and thought.

Judge Gerald Bruce Lee

Commencement Speech by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee
Judge Gerald Bruce Lee sits on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, having been appointed for by President Clinton in 1998. Previously, he sat on Virginia's 19th Judicial Circuit Court, and was in private law practice with the firm Cohen, Dunn & Sinclair. He earned his BA from American University and his JD from AU's Washington College of Law. He has received numerous awards for his work on behalf of female and minority students.


President Ladner's Gharge to Graduates

February 2, 2003

Sam Donaldson

Commencement Speech by Sam Donaldson
ABC journalist Sam Donaldson received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his journalistic work of more than four decades, covering topics from Vietnam to President Clinton.