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​Since 2009 the Department of Political Science and International Relations has invited an alumnus to be the speaker for spring Convocation.

2021 Rep. Madinah Wilson-Anton, 2014

Delaware State Representative, RD #26

2020 Leo Strine, 1985

Former Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court.

2019 Charles Lewis, 1975

Founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, and Founder of the Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization The Center for Public Integrity.​

2018 Dr. Tony Allen, 1993

Provost and Executive Vice President, Delaware State University

2017 Melanie K. Sharp, 1983

Partner, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

2016 William Russo, 2009

Advisor to the Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State

2015 Atnreakn Alleyne, 2009

Director of DE Department of Education

2014 Brenda Mayrack, 2000

Attorney, Mayrack Law, LLC, Wilmington, DE

2013 Stephen Schmidt, 2013

Vice Chairman, Public Affairs, Edelman, Sacramento

2012 Sandra Simkins, 1987

Clinical Professor and Chair for Clinical Programs, Rutgers School of Law, Camden

2011 Nathaniel Heller, 1999

Co-founder and Executive Director, Global Integrity, Washington, DC

2010 David Plouffe, 2010

Former senior advisor, President Barack Obama, Washington, DC

2009 Charles Lewis, 1975

Founder, Center for Public Integrity, Washington, DC

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