2014 Graduation Guest Speaker Nominees
Please Vote now for the speaker you would like the college to invite to be the 2014 Guest Speaker for Commencement.
Make your selections by logging on to MyEvergreen.edu and follow the survey links on the right side of the page. Voting is open now through Friday, 3/14/14.
Is the Chief Executive Officer of Green For All, one of the country’s leading advocates for a clean-energy economy. She has led Green For All to several groundbreaking policy victories at the federal, state, and local levels. In 2011, The Grio recognized Phaedra as one of their 100 History Makers In The Making. In 2010, for the second year in a row, Ebony included her in its Power 150 and Essence named Phaedra one of the 25 Most Influential African-Americans in 2009 and one of the 21 Leaders of the New School in 2010. Black Enterprise Magazine honored Phaedra as one of their 2010, 40 Next: Emerging Leaders for Our Future. She has been featured in various outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Huffington Post, and on ABC, BET, CNN, MSNBC, and NBC.
Winona La Duke (1997 Guest Speaker)
An American Indian activist, environmentalist, economist, and writer of Anishinaabe descent. She lives and works on the White Earth Reservations. She is the Executive Director of Honor the Earth, where she works on a national level to advocate, raise public support, and create funding for the frontline native environmental groups. She is the author of six books writing extensively on Native American and Environmental issues. She is a former board member of Greenpeace and serves, as co-chair of the Indigenous Women’s Network. In 1996 and 2000, she ran for vice president as the nominee of the Green Party of the United States, on a ticket headed by Ralph Nader.
The founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. He has authored a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. Time Magazine called him “the planet’s best green journalist” and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was “probably the country’s most important environmentalist.” He holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges, including the University. of Massachusetts and Maine, the State University of New York, and Whittier and Colgate Colleges. In 2011 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.