Program of Colorado College Class of 2014 Commencement ceremony, Monday, May 19, 2014, 8:30 a.m., Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado College Armstrong quad. CC President Jill M. Tiefenthaler presiding. Commencement speaker, Jane Lubchenco, CC class of 1969 and Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology at Oregon State University, former Head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), "From Rats to Sharks: Tales of Public Service." Honorary degrees awarded to Jerri Marr, Ed Robson (CC class of 1954), and Robert Schock (CC class of 1961).
Colorado College 2013 Commencement speaker is Marian Wright Edelman. In addition to being the recipient of a Colorado College honorary degree in 1999, Edelman completed her undergraduate degree at Spelman College and went on to graduate from Yale Law School in 1963. Originally from Bennettsville, S.C., Edelman began practicing law in 1964 when she became the first African-American woman to be admitted to the Mississippi Bar. Before moving to Washington, D.C., in 1968 to serve as counsel for the Poor People's Campaign that Martin Luther King, Jr. began organizing before his death, Edelman directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Miss.