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
  • William Bissell, Professor Anthropology and Sociology
  • Alison Byerly, President
  • Mark Eyerly, Vice President for Marketing and Communications
  • Alisha Ghai `20, Student Government President
  • Gary Gordon, Marshall R. Metzgar Professor of Mathematics
  • Alex Hendrickson, College Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life
  • David Shulman, David M. ’70 and Linda Roth Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
  • Olivia Barney ’21, Student
  • Antonio F. Fernandez ’81, Trustee
  • Maya Iyer `21, Student
  • Melissa Starace, Assistant to the President for Board and Community Relations

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