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Historian and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Human rights advocate Martina Vandenberg ’90; Senior Class President Khadija Thibodeaux ’20; Senior Class Speaker Kyle Tyrell Knight Lee ’20; and Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr2020 Commencement Virtual Ceremony


Foreign Policy Expert Esther Brimmer (YouTube); Senior Class President Laura Zhang ’19 (YouTube); Senior Class Speaker Ivan Solomon, Jr. ’19 (YouTube); and Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr (YouTube). View photos on Facebook (Commencement 2019).

2019 Commencement Recap


Political Theorist Danielle Susan Allen (YouTube); Legal Scholar Kenji Yoshino (YouTube); Senior Class President Sophia S. Sun '18 (YouTube); Senior Class Speaker María José Vides Orellana '18 (YouTube); and Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr (YouTube). View photos on Facebook (Commencement 2018).

2018 Commencement Recap


U.S. Senator Brian Schatz ’94 (D-Hawaii); Sarah C. R. Elgin ’67, P ’05 science educator and researcher; Gay McDougall, civil rights activist; Frederick “Rick” P ’95 and Susan Sontag ’64, P ’95, philanthropists; Kimberly Rojas ’17, senior class president; Dominique Curtis ’17, senior class speaker and David Oxtoby, Pomona College president.

2017 Commencement Recap


Deborah Bial, founder of Posse Foundation; Vikram Chandra '84, author; Helen Pashgian '56, artist; Jamila Espinosa '16, ASPC president; Ashley Land '16, senior class speaker; David Oxtoby, president of Pomona College.

2016 Commencement Recap


France A. Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation; Michael Dickerson '01, administrator of the U.S. Digital Service; Andrew Hoyem '57, founder of Arion Press, fine printer, publisher, and poet; and Stephen Reinhardt '51, judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

2015 Commencement Recap


Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama; Father Gregory Boyle, executive director of Homeboy Industries; tenor, conductor and Los Angeles Opera General Director Plácido Domingo; and Michael Starbird ’70, author and professor of mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin.

2014 Commencement Recap


Steve Jobs author and Aspen Institute CEO and President Walter Isaacson; philanthropist Ranney Draper '60; Guttmacher Institute CEO and President Sharon L. Camp '65.

2013 Commencement Recap


U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter; educator Marigold Linton; jazz musician David Murray '77; and Occidental College President Jonathan Veitch.

2012 Commencement Recap


U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu; school reform advocate and President and CEO of the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools Judy Ivie Burton; astronomer and Griffith Observatory Director Edwin Krupp ’66; and journalist and best-selling author Douglas Preston ’78.

2011 Commencement Recap


Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; Price Club co-founder, CEO and president of PriceSmart and philanthropist Robert Price '64; and Oscar-winning screenwriter Robert Towne '56 (Chinatown).

2010 Commencement Recap


New York Times columnist and author Bob Herbert; Chicago Tribune columnist, "Brenda Star" writer and "Wear Sunglasses" column author Mary Schmich '75; and Chicano/a theatre legend Luis Valdez, playwright/director of "Zoot Suit" and director/writer of "La Bamba."

2009 Commencement Recap


Oscar-award winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room; former Pomona College President Peter Stanley; award-winning composer and conductor and former musical director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Esa-Pekka Salonen; and Ingrid D. Rowland ’74, professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture in Rome, and author.

2008 Commencement Recap


Former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Florida); Mary Patterson McPherson, president emeritus of Bryn Mawr College and executive officer of the American Philosophical Society.; Dr. Robert E. Tranquada, M.D., '51, former chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Claremont University Consortium (2000-2006), chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Pomona College and emeritus trustee of the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences.

2007 Commencement Recap


Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran '69, president of Kalamazoo College in Michigan; Rev. William Sloane Coffin Jr. (honored posthumously,) a renowned peace activist and former civil rights leader; Thomas Crow '69, internationally recognized art historian and director of the Getty Research Institute; and Robert Mezey, recipient of the Trustee Medal of Merit, award-winning poet, and professor of English and poet-in-residence at Pomona College (1976-1999).

2006 Commencement Recap


Huntington Library President Steven Koblik; leading civil rights attorney John Payton '73; and Thomas Dean Pollard, M.D., '64, the chair of Yale’s University's Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.

2005 Commencement Recap