A look at this year’s commencement speakers

Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service (KRT) Edward Albee, playwright — School of Visual Arts in New York City Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state_ Smith College in Northampton, Mass. and Washington University in St. Louis Alan Alda, actor _ Long Island University-Southampton College Lisa Beamer, widow of Sept. 11 victim Todd Beamer — Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City — Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Judy Blume, author _ Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. Ray Bradbury, author _ Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif. Elaine Chao, U.S. secretary of labor _ Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney _ Harding University in Searcy, Ark. Bill Clinton, former president of the United States _ Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. senator — State University of New York College at Cortland and State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville Bill Cosby, actor _ Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Elizabeth Dole, U.S. senator _ Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta William Friedkin, director of “The Exorcist” and “Rules of Engagement” _ Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles Shantay Hinton, Miss USA 2002 — Saint Vincent’s College in Bridgeport, Conn. Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball” _ College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Queen Noor, of Jordan _ Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. Yoko Ono, artist — Maine College of Art in Portland Richard Parsons, chairman and chief executive of AOL Time Warner_ University of Hawaii in Manoa Jack Prelutsky, author — Framingham State College in Framingham, Mass. Anna Quindlen, author — Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. Andy Rooney, humorist and “60 Minutes” correspondent _ Miami University in Oxford, Ohio Tim Russert, host of “Meet the Press” _ Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia Jane Seymour, actress _ Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio Alejandro Toledo, president of Peru — Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. Sigourney Weaver, actress — Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven Judy Woodruff, CNN anchorwoman _ Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. ___ Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education ___ ‘copy 2003, Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.