April 29, 2012
Pomp, Circumstance, and the People Who Make It All Happen
Laura Segall for The Chronicle
Barnard College scored the prize commencement catch this year, landing President Barack Obama to speak at its ceremony on May 14.
With the president, of course, comes drama: a kerfuffle over his bumping the originally scheduled speaker, the first female editor of The New York Times, and the bruised egos over at Mr. Obama's alma mater (to say nothing about bringing the Secret Service to a women's college after that business in Colombia).
Melissa Werner knows what sort