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SPEAKERS

Larry Billman
Speaker: College of Performing Arts Commencement

Larry Billman had a celebrated 37-year career with the Walt Disney Company before retiring in 2007, serving as vice president for creative show development and creating hundreds of shows for Disney theme parks, resorts and cruise lines. He also wrote and staged four editions of “Disney on Ice,” as well as six editions of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. He continues as a consultant, lecturer and moderator for Fox, Warner Bros. and the Turner Classics Film Festival.

Donald R. Booth, Ph.D.
Speaker: George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics Commencement

Don Booth, Ph.D., is a professor of business and economics at Chapman University. One of the longest-serving faculty members at the university, he began teaching at Chapman in 1959 and celebrated his 50th anniversary as a Chapman University professor in 2009.

Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, J.D.
Speaker, School of Law Hooding and Conferral

Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, J.D. is the 48th Chief Justice of the State of California. The Filipino-American jurist was nominated by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for California’s highest judicial office in 2010, was retained by California voters, and was sworn in on January 3, 2011. Prior to her current appointment, Cantil-Sakauye had served in judicial offices on California’s appellate and trial courts.

Lucy Jones, Ph.D.
Speaker: Schmid College of Science and Technology Commencement

Dr. Lucy Jones has been a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and a visiting research associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech since 1983. She is one of the California’s best-known experts on earthquakes, due to her frequent television appearances following the state’s notable seismic events. She created and led the innovative Multi Hazards Demonstration Project in Southern California, a major product of which is the Great California ShakeOut, a public emergency-preparedness event involving more than 7 million people.

Jon Landau
Speaker and Honorary Doctorate Recipient, Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Commencement

Jon Landau, partner with James Cameron in Lightstorm Entertainment, was co-producer and a driving force behind two of the highest-grossing films of all time, “Titanic,” which garnered 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and “Avatar,” winner of three Academy Awards. The ground-breaking visuals for both films transformed storytelling for the screen. Landau’s other productions include “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “True Lies,” “Last of the Mohicans” and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.”

Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, Ph.D.
Speaker, College of Educational Studies Commencement

Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, Ph.D., is superintendent of schools for the Santa Ana Unified School District, the largest in Orange County with 56,000 students at 61 school sites. She previously held the position of assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, and was voted California Superintendent of the Year in 2009 while serving as superintendent for the Pomona Unified School District, Calif.

Ocean Robbins
Speaker: Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences Commencement

Author, speaker, facilitator, environmentalist and motivator Ocean Robbins is the co-author of “Choices for Our Future: A Generation Rising for Life on Earth” and founder of YES!, “a nonprofit organization that connects, inspires and collaborates with change makers to join forces for thriving, just and sustainable ways of life for all.”

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