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Past Commencement Speakers

Date announced
by The Tech Speaker

2013

Nov. 13

Drew W. Houston, CEO and founder of Dropbox

2012

Dec. 6

Salman A. Khan, founder of Khan Academy

2011

Nov. 9

Ursula M. Burns, CEO of Xerox

2010

Mar. 16

Raymond S. Stata, cofounder of Analog Devices

2009

Feb. 10

Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Governor

2008

Dec. 7

Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner

2007

Mar. 13

Charles M. Vest, former MIT president

2006

Dec. 13

Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of Federal Reserve Board

2005

Apr. 12

Irwin Jacobs, co-founder/chairman/CEO of Qualcomm

2004

Mar. 9

Elias Zerhouni, Director of NIH

2003

Apr. 1

George Mitchell, former U.S. Senator

2002

Feb. 26

James Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank

2001

Mar. 23

Daniel Goldin, NASA Administrator

2000

Mar. 14

Carly Fiorina, President & CEO, HP

1999

Apr. 2

Tom & Ray Magliozzi, MIT alumni and hosts of NPR’s “Car Talk”

1998

Feb. 24

Bill Clinton and David Ho, AIDS researcher

1997

Jan. 29

Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General

1996

Mar. 1

Albert Gore, U.S. Vice President

1995

Apr. 21

Hanna H. Gray, President Emeritus of the University of Chicago

1994

Feb. 15

Karim Aga Khan IV, spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims

Compiled by Michael McGraw-Herdeg, Joanna Kao and Leon Lin, updated from 2010