Have you ever wondered what noted figures have spoken at Ball State's spring commencement over the years? Are you reminiscing about commencement ceremonies from years past? Ball State University Archives & Special Collections has complied this list of spring commencement speakers dating back to 1926.
Click on the date of the commencement ceremony to access the digitized graduation program available online in our Digital Media Repository. Click on the name of the speaker for biographical information. Visit the Ball State University Commencement Program collection to view our entire digital collection of commencement programs.
1933 - James Shera Montgomery, Chaplain to the US House of Representatives from 1921-1950
1937 - Fred G. Bale, Judge, Westerville, Ohio
1940 - Albert Buckner Coe, Minister, First Congregational Church, Oak Park, Illinois
1949 - Howard Pierce Davis, Minister, Observer, and Analyst of World Affairs
1958 - Frederic W. Heimberger, Vice-President in charge of Instruction and Research at The Ohio State University
1970 - John A. Scott, Editor and Publisher, Lafayette Journal and Courier
1982 - James L. Fisher, President, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
1991 - Carl Allan de Graaf, Associate Professor of Education, Indiana University
1995 - Thomas Huge, Actor and Entertainer, Class of 1982
For select years in the 1980s and 1990s, the individuals listed were guest speakers at ceremonies for individual colleges.