The Presidential Advisory Committee on Commencement purpose is to identify candidates to give the address for upcoming year’s commencement. The speaker should be someone who has made a significant impact in the world, will deliver an interesting and engaging commencement address, and will speak on a topic of relevance to Lafayette graduates and the community.

The committee also has the responsibility to discuss the nominations submitted by faculty for the Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Visiting Lecturer. (ed. 2010)

Current Presidential Advisory Committee on Commencement Members:

  • Rexford Ahene, Professor Economics (2021)
  • Gina Beviglia ’22, Student (2021)
  • Alison Byerly, President
  • Il Hyun Cho, Associate Professor Government & Law (2023)
  • Mark Eyerly, Vice President for Marketing and Communications
  • Antonio F. Fernandez ’81, Trustee
  • Tanmaya Goenka ’21, Student (2021)
  • Alex Hendrickson, College Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life
  • Edward Kerns, Clapp Professor Art (2023)
  • Melissa Starace, Assistant to the President for Board and Community Relations
  • Mary Zimmerman ’21, Student Government President (2021)

Contact: Melissa Starace, Assistant to the President for Board and Community Relations staracem@lafayette.edu or 610-330-3365