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Rhimes and Facts?

At a certain point, I (and you) will tire of pointing out the silliness and vulgarity in so much of Shonda Rhimes ‘91’s speech, but we’re not there yet. Shonda made the following statement in her peroration:

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Several readers wrote in to question the accuracy of Rhimes’ assertion that it’s “pretty rare” for an alum to speak at Commencement, so I checked, too, though I probably did so in a different place from Shonda. She was right that Robert Frost ‘96 and Mr. Rogers ‘50 spoke at Commencement in 1955 and 2002 respectively, but she skipped over a few other people:

1949: Everett Moore Baker ‘24
Dean of Students, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1969: Nelson A. Rockefeller ‘30
Governor of the State of New York

1986: Stephen Warren Bosworth ‘61
U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines

1994: Robert B. Reich ‘68
Secretary of Labor

1997: Paavo Lipponen ‘64
Prime Minister of Finland

2004: Jeffrey R. Immelt ‘78
Chairman and CEO, General Electric Company

2007: Henry M. Paulson Jr. ‘68
Secretary of the Treasury

2009: Louise Erdrich ‘76
Author

These people are listed on a Dartmouth webpage on which only speakers since 1946 are included. The page also notes that from 1972-1982, “No speakers from outside Dartmouth” were chosen, so I expect that a good number of alums spoke in those years as well.

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