Speakers and Honored Guests

Keynote Speaker

Guy Raz
Guy Raz

Following Pitzer College tradition, the graduating Class of 2017 selected their Keynote Speaker. This year’s speaker is Guy Raz, host, co-creator, and editorial director of two of NPR’s most popular programs: TED Radio Hour and How I Built This. Read more about Guy Raz.

Senior Class Speaker

Kepa Barrett ’17, an environmental analysis major and economics minor, was selected as the senior class speaker. Born and raised in Hawaii, Barrett is a Robert Redford Conservancy student fellow who has served as a diversity intern for Pitzer’s Office of Admission and as the head mentor for the 5C Indigenous Peer Mentoring Program. Off campus, Barrett worked with environmental and governmental organizations in his home state, tutored with the Tongan Education Program in Ontario, CA, and volunteered at an immigration center while studying abroad in Parma, Italy.

Honored Guest, Student Marshals and Faculty Marshals

Each year the senior class selects a member of the Pitzer community to be the Honored Guest at commencement. The Honored Guest is a Pitzer College staff or administrator whom the graduates feel has made a positive contribution and difference to their overall college experience and should be recognized for his/her efforts. The Honored Guest receives special recognition from the President during the commencement ceremony.

The senior class also select two faculty members to serve as Student Marshals during the commencement ceremony. The Student Marshals are faculty members whom students feel have significantly enhanced the overall educational environment at Pitzer College. The Student Marshals, along with the Faculty Marshals (selected by FEC) lead the graduating seniors into the commencement ceremony.

The Class of 2017 has selected Professors Will Barndt and Roberta Espinoza as student marshals. This year’s faculty marshals will be Professors Alicia Bonaparte and Rachel VanSickle-Ward. The honored guests are Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Moya Carter and dining hall staff member Gary Lewis.

Pitzer’s 53rd Annual Commencement will be held on May 13, 2017 at 10 a.m. and streamed live on our website during the event.

Page last updated on April 13, 2017