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Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano, president of Gallaudet University, to deliver 2017 commencement address at Beloit College

May 1, 2017

BELOIT— Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano, the president of Gallaudet University, the world’s only comprehensive bilingual university for the deaf and hard of hearing, will deliver the 2017 commencement address at Beloit College, President Scott Bierman announced today.

Cordano, an alumna of Beloit College, was selected by senior class officers and will address the class on May 14, 2017.

“Quite simply, Bobbi Cordano is a remarkable person. All through her career – in positions of law, health, education and public service – she has demonstrated transformational leadership as a powerful and tireless advocate for access, inclusion, diversity and social justice. Clearly, she’s a Beloiter. We couldn’t be more pleased to have her address the class of 2017,” Bierman said.

Immediately prior to becoming the president of Gallaudet University last year, Cordano was the vice president of programs for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, a non-profit community organization in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She began her career as an assistant attorney general for the State of Minnesota, where among other duties, she served as an expert on the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability–related laws.

In addition, Cordano is also a founding member of the Metro Deaf School, a bilingual-bicultural charter school for deaf and hard of hearing children in St. Paul, and a founding board member of Minnesota North Star Academy, a bilingual-bicultural charter high school for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Approximately 268 graduates will receive their diplomas during the May 14 ceremony at 11 a.m. on the lawn in front of the college’s main administration building, Middle College. For more information on the 2017 commencement ceremony, visit