Announcing Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients for 2022 Commencement and [Re]Commencement

April 1, 2022

Dear Members of the Brandeis Community,

As we look forward to the Commencement and [Re]Commencement exercises happening in person on Sunday, May 22, 2022, I am pleased to announce the distinguished individuals who will be speaking at our respective ceremonies, in addition to those whose achievements we will recognize with honorary degrees.

Deval Patrick, H'17, the 71st governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will offer the Class of 2022 an address that promises to be both inspiring and uplifting. At Commencement for the Class of 2022, we will also celebrate this year’s honorary degree recipients, David Harris, P'05, the CEO of the American Jewish Committee, and noted mathematician, data analyst, and aerospace engineer Christine Mann Darden. You will find the full announcement on BrandeisNOW.

I am also delighted to share that Marta Kauffman '78, H'20, the visionary creator behind the iconic series “Friends” will speak at [Re]Commencement. Kauffman will be recognized along with fellow 2020 honorary degree recipients, Jewish cultural scholar Ruth Calderon, artist Howardena Pindell, and philanthropist and humanitarian bridge-builder Alan Hassenfeld as part of our long-awaited celebration of the Classes of 2020 and 2021. You can learn more about these accomplished individuals on BrandeisNOW.

May 22 promises to be an exciting day at Brandeis, and we are all eager to celebrate our graduates. In the meantime, I invite you to follow the webpages for the 71st Commencement Exercises and [Re]Commencement for the most up-to-date information on our plans for the day.