Defensive end Michael Bennett has played twice in the Super Bowl, leading the Seattle Seahawk’s fearsome defense to two NFC championships and a national championship in 2014. He has played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, and is joining the New England Patriots. Bennett has played a leading role in the NFL player protests against police violence and racism. He is the author of Things That Make White People Uncomfortable (2018).

Bennett will serve as the Spring 2019 commencement speaker.