Keynote Speaker, Senior Speaker, Honored Guest and Student Marshal

Keynote Speaker

Van Jones
Van Jones

The Pitzer College Class of 2014 has selected environmental advocate, civil rights activist and CNN correspondent Van Jones as its 50th Anniversary commencement speaker.

Recently named a co-host on CNN's Crossfire, Van Jones is president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the US economy. In 2009, Jones worked as the green jobs adviser to the Obama White House, where he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending. He is the founder of Green For All, a national organization working to develop green jobs in disadvantaged communities. He was the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act, which was signed into law by George W. Bush in 2007. The Act was the first piece of federal legislation to codify the term "green jobs." Under the Obama administration, it has resulted in $500 million for green-job training nationally. more...

Senior Class Speaker

Auditions for senior class speaker will be held in Spring 2014.

Honored Guest, Student Marshal and Faculty Marshal

The student marshal is Brent Armendinger, Assistant Professor of English and World Literature and Creative Writing. The honored guest is Zenia GuitiƩrrez, Food Service Manager of the Grove House. The faculty marshal is Brian Keeley, Professor of Philosophy.