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Commencement Speakers

2019 Travis Mills
Travis Mills is one of only five quadruple amputees to survive their injuries received in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he documented his road to recovery in his memoir Tough as They Come, a New York Times Best Seller. Read more > 
2018 Jeff Corwin
Jeff Corwin is an internationally renowned wildlife conservationist and television personality who has inspired a generation of the conservation-minded by sharing stories about the wild on shows including “Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin” and CNN’s “Planet in Peril” with Anderson Cooper. Read more >
2017 Jimmy Chin
Jimmy Chin is a National Geographic photographer, North Face athlete, and director of acclaimed films “Meru” and “Free Solo.” Read more >
2016 Rue Mapp
Rue Mapp is the founder of the nonprofit organization Outdoor Afro, which has chapters all across the United States. Outdoor Afro uses a multimedia approach grounded in personal connections and community organizing to build a broader community and leadership in nature. Read More >
2015 Terry Tempest Williams
Terry Tempest Williams is a naturalist, free-speech advocate and “citizen writer” who has consistently shown how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. Read More >
2014 Céline Cousteau
Céline Cousteau is a socio-environmental advocate known for her work as documentary film director, producer, explorer, artist, public speaker, brand ambassador, and designer. She is the daughter of ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau and granddaughter of legendary filmmaker Jacques Cousteau. Read More >