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2013 Elizabeth Coleman 1974 Thomas Brockway
2012 Peter Dinklage ’91 1973 Senior Readings & Performance
2011 Tim Daly ’79 1972 Jimmy Garrison
2010 Melissa Rosenberg ’86 1971 Anais Nin
2009 Hendrick Hertzberg 1970 Kurt Vonnegut
2008 Rebecca Tinsley 1969 Denise Levertov
2007 Mac Maharaj 1968 Thomas P.F. Hoving
2006 Glen Van Brummelen 1967 Russell Baker
2005 Jonathan Lethem ’86 1966 Howard Nemerov
2004 Shirin Ebadi 1965 Gene Baro
2003 Edith Velmans 1964 William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
2002 Meredith Monk 1963 David Riesman
2001 Rick Moody 1962 Kenneth Burke
2000 Gay McDougall ’69 1961 Henri Peyre
1999 Peter Hedges 1960 Francis Fergusson
1998 Linda Wertheimer 1959 George Boas
1997 Jane Alexander 1958 Jacques Barzun
1996 Mark Gearan 1957 Alvin Eurich
1995 Irene Borger ’71 1956 Howard M. Jones
1994 Harvey Lichtenstein ’53 1955 W. Averell Harriman P ’40
1993 Kay Crawford Murray ’56 1954 Franklin Ford
1992 Harvey Fierstein 1953 Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
1991 Harvey Gantt 1952 Harry Allen Overstreet
1990 Joan Tower ’61 1951 Mary Josephine Shelly
1989 Ellen McCulloch-Lovell ’69 1950 Reinhold Niebuhr
1988 Elizabeth Frank ’67 1949 Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey
1987 Barbara Lazear Ascher ’68 1948 Erich Fromm
1986 Tillie Olsen 1947 Lewis Webster Jones
1985 Elizabeth Swados ’73 1946 Reinhold Niebuhr
1984 Howard Nemerov 1945 Justice Frank Murphy
1983 Frederick Wiseman 1944 Alexander Meiklejohn
1982 Joseph S. Murphy 1943 Robert D. Leigh
1981 Bernard Malamud 1942 William Batt
1980 Elizabeth Swados ’73 1941 Robert Lynd
1979 Vivian Gornick 1940 Henry Wallace
1978 Mitchell Markowitz ’75 1939 Dorothy Canfield Fischer
1977 Elizabeth Holtzman 1938 Frederick Lewis Allen
1976 Joseph S. Iseman 1937 W.H. Kilpatrick
1975 Carol Channing ’42 1936 No commencement speaker