The other day, we reported on some of the commencement speakers who’ll be gracing the dais at various local universities this month. As we reported, the main speaker for Johns Hopkins’ May 24 ceremony is IBM chairman Samuel Palmisano. Which will probably be… fine. But if you want the real quality speakers, you’ve got to look to Hopkins’ smaller divisions. These speakers might have less immediate name recognition, but they’re stars in their particular fields.
Our roundup of the best speakers at the smaller schools is below:
Carey Business School (May 21, 3 p.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall): Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric. Probably the best way to watch this is to pretend that Immelt is Alec Baldwin’s character from 30 Rock.
School of Medicine (May 24, 2:30 p.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall): Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the celebrity neurosurgeon. One of Forbes’ “10 most influential celebrities” and kind of a dreamboat.
School of Education (May 24, 7:30 p.m., Homewood Field): Senator Ben Cardin. Our junior senator!
Peabody Institute (May 24, 7:30 p.m., Friedberg Concert Hall): Instead of a speech, “legendary jazz drummer and bandleader Roy Haynes, this year’s recipient of the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America, will be interviewed briefly by faculty artist Nasar Abadey, a drummer and composer.” Because musicians are creative enough that they don’t need to listen to the same old speech.
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Master’s Ceremony (May 25, 10 a.m., Homewood Field): Richard Koshalek, director of the Hirschhorn Museum. He has been described as “a wild man,” always a promising sign.
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