Commencement Returns to Front Lawn in 2013 with Internationally Known Speakers

Anne-Marie Slaughter and Eleanor Clift mugs
Former U.S. State Department official and Princeton University professor Anne-Marie Slaughter, left, and Newsweek political columnist and television commentator Eleanor Clift, right, will speak at the 2013 commencement ceremonies.

With Brenau slated to start a major overhaul of the current Georgia Mountains Center arena in January, the university had to find a new home for the commencement exercises, which have been held there for the past 25 years. That seemed like a perfect time to return to the tradition of holding the programs on the front lawn of the historic Gainesville campus.

And, to sweeten the deal even more, Women’s College graduates on May 3 will hear from former U.S. State Department official Anne-Marie Slaughter, who is now a professor at Princeton University. On Saturday, May 4, the speaker will be Newsweek political columnist and television commentator Eleanor Clift.

For more details about the program and the move, read the full press release.