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LER Convocation Speakers

We are very proud to welcome back an accomplished alumnus/ae to each graduation ceremony to give a speech to our graduating class. It is a great honor to be selected, and speakers have demonstrated a great breadth of experiences across the field of employment relations. Prior to May 2000, the event was informal and consisted of speakers giving “alumni greetings” and then the students receiving their degree.  No one dressed  in regalia or participated in a formal ceremony.

Year Awardee
May 1992 Leonard Borkowski
May 1993 Janet Snow-Godfrey
May 1994 Francine Parham
May 1995 Yasumitsu Nihei and Osamu Koyama—son of Hachiro Koyama
May 1996 Daniel Gallagher & Sophia Zukrowski
May 1997 Arnold Webber
May 1998 Alan May
December 1998 Floyd Whellan
May 1999 No Speaker
December 1999 Paul Elbert
May 2000 Don Martin
December 2000 Michele Miller
May 2001 Robben Fleming
December 2001 Marla Mellies
May 2002 Joseph Moore
December 2002 Thomas Wicke
May 2003 Brian Mallory
December 2003 Lisa Kelly
May 2004 Sandy Roach
December 2004 Alan May
May 2005 Christopher Pawlowicz
December 2005 Bruce Carmichael
May 2006 Alan Tecktiel
December 2006 Steven Merkin
May 2007 Joyce Ingram
December 2007 Leon Loichle
May 2008 Craig Ritchie
December 2008 Joel Zelnick
May 2009 Larry Pearlman
December 2009 Sandy Sigman
May 2010 Linda Blandford-Beringsmith
December 2010 John Brockhaus
May 2011 Robin Ritter
December 2011 Kim Warmbier
May 2012 Jack Calabro
December 2012 Phil Menzel
May 2013 Tim Brinkmann
December 2013 Adrienne Washington
May 2014 Peter B. Liveright
December 2014 Steven Ginsburgh
May 2015 John Ramon
December 2015 George Paulin
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Francine Parham
December 2016 Michael Schwartz
May 2017 David Hanrahan
December 2017 Kimberly Ramsey
May 2018 Andrew Bartlow
December 2018 Dan Spaulding
May 2019 Naomi Saladin
December 2019 Will Waller