Dr. Chesney-Lind has been selected as commencement speaker for Whitman College‘s Spring Commencement ceremony on May 22, according to an announcement this week by President George Bridges.
Whitman, founded in 1882, is an independent, co-educational, non-sectarian residential liberal arts and sciences undergraduate college in Walla Walla, Washington. In 1919 Whitman became the second college or university in Washington, after the University of Washington, to be selected for a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
Dr. Chesney-Lind graduated from Whitman summa cum laude in 1969, and went on to pursue her graduate education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Chesney-Lind will also receive an honorary doctorate from the college.
Recent Whitman commencement speakers have included journalist Juan Williams (2010), Ryan Crocker, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq (2009), and William Gate Sr., father of Microsoft founder Bill Gates (2008).
According to the Whitman press release:
As a Whitman student, Meda preceded her sister: Margaret Chesney ’71. As the Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient, she follows her sister on the Commencement stage; Margaret is a world leader in AIDS research and prevention and received an honorary doctor of humane letters from Whitman in 2008.