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Eliot Honors Convocation Speakers, 1955-2005

Eliot Honors was for seniors graduating with academic or other special honors and their families that took place 1955-2005. 

  • Thomas C. Hennings, Jr., May 4, 1955
  • Ralph Bunche, May 9, 1956
  • Linus Pauling, May 15, 1957
  • Abram L. Sachar, May 7, 1958
  • H.J. Mueller, May 6, 1959
  • Henry Steele Commager, May 4, 1960
  • Bentley Glass, May 3, 1961
  • Albert William Levi, June 1, 1962
  • Gerald Holton, June 7, 1963
  • Brand Blanshard, June 5, 1964
  • Arthur Kornberg, June 4, 1965
  • (1966 - no program in Archives)
  • Immanuel Velikovsky, June 3, 1967
  • (1968 - no program in Archives)
  • Charles Evers, June 9, 1969
  • Leonard Hall, June 1, 1970
  • (1971 - no program in Archives)
  • Jesse Jackson, May 25, 1972
  • Charles Allen Thomas, May 24, 1973
  • Lucian Krukowski, May 18, 1974
  • John O. Bayley and Iris Murdoch, May 22, 1975
  • Ada Louise Huxtable, May 20, 1976
  • Walter Gellhorn, May 19, 1977
  • Nelson Wu, May 18, 1978
  • Daniel Nathans, May 17, 1979
  • Thomas S. Hall, May 15, 1980
  • Donald McHenry, May 21, 1981
  • Norris Kelley Smith, May 20, 1982
  • Merle Kling, May 19, 1983
  • Daniel Shea, May 17, 1984
  • Hanna Holborn Gray, May 16, 1985
  • David Konig, May 15, 1986
  • David Kirk, May 14, 1987
  • Peter Riesenberg, May 19, 1988
  • James F. Jones, May 18, 1989
  • Walter Massey, May 17, 1990
  • Edward S. Macias, May 16, 1991
  • Edward S. Macias, May 14, 1992
  • John R. Bowen, May 13, 1993
  • Raymond Arvidson, May 19, 1994
  • Ursula Goodenough, May 18, 1995
  • Burton Wheeler, May 16, 1996
  • Daniel Shea, May 15, 1997
  • Jean Ensminger, May 14, 1998
  • Randolph D. Pope, May 13, 1999
  • Barbara Schaal, May 18, 2000
  • Michael Wysession, May 17, 2001
  • Henry (Roddy) Roediger, May 10, 2002
  • Douglass North, May 16, 2003
  • Shanti K. Khinduka, May 21, 2004
  • Cynthia Weese, 2005