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W&M commencement speakers often are memorable ones

W&M commencement speakers often are memorable ones

The College of William and Mary has an interesting history surrounding its commencement speakers, including this year’s orator — Glenn Close — who, on May 11, will make her second appearance addressing graduating students.

Award-winning actress Close, a 1974 William and Mary alumna and Phi Beta Kappa honoree, majored in theater and anthropology. She spoke earlier in 1989 when she also received the honorary doctor of arts degree. Records indicate that she came to speak after President George H. W. Bush declined an invitation.

Close is the second person to give two commencement addresses at the college. Dr. William T. Sanger, who was president of the Medical College of...