Speakers at Annual Baccalaureate and Commencement Exercises at Centenary College of Louisiana, 1980 to Present

1980, Lt. Gen. Richard L. Lawson, Former Commander of the 8th Air Force at Barksdale Air Force Base

1981, Dr. E. Grady Bogue, Chancellor of Louisiana State University in Shreveport

1982, John F. Bookout, Jr. '50, Alumnus, President and Chief Executive Officer at Shell Oil Co.

1984, Henry H. King, President of Texas Eastern Corporation

1985, Dr. Charles T. Beaird '66, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Publisher of The Shreveport Journal

1986, The Reverend Walter L. Underwood, Bishop, Louisiana United Methodist Church

1987, James Surls, Artist and Poet

1988, J. Bennett Johnston '54, Senator, State of Louisiana

1989, Charles "Buddy" Roemer, Governor, State of Louisiana

1990, Dr. William B. Oden, Bishop of the Louisiana United Methodist Conference

1991, Eudora Welty, Poet

1992, Ernest Boyer, Head of the Carnegie Foundation

1993, Michael E. DeBakey, Heart Surgeon

1994, Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty, White House Chief of Staff

1995, The Honorable Lindy Boggs, former Congresswoman

1996, Dianna A. Redburn '64, Vision Researcher

1997, Daniel S. Goldin, Administrator of NASA

1998, Scott Simon, National Public Radio Host

1999, Sara Fritz, Editor, Congressional Quarterly Weekly

2000, Barbara Bush, former First Lady

2001, Brian Lamb, President and CEO of C-SPAN

2002, The Reverend Martin Marty, Noted Theologian

2003, Miles Hoffman, Violist and NPR Commentator

2004, The Honorable Jim McCrery, Congressman from Louisiana's 4th District

2005, Mark Fischetti, Science Writer and Editor

2006, Norman Francis, President, Xavier University, and Chair, Louisiana Recovery Authority

2007, Madeleine Green, Vice President, American Council on Education