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Graduation Speakers Scheduled

An astronaut, a presidential advisor, Montgomery County’s member of Congress, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a political satirist, a professional football player and high school football players who inspired a Hollywood movie.

These are just some of the speakers who will address local high school graduations in the next couple of weeks.

Former astronaut Frederick Hauch is the speaker at Winston Churchill High School on June 3 at 10 a.m. at Constitution Hall.

The speaker at Walt Whitman High School will be political satirist William Strauss, a member of the Capitol Steps performing group. Whitman’s graduation is June 5 at 7 p.m. at Constitution Hall.

Steve Coll, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the Washington Post will return to his alma mater, Thomas S. Wootton High School. Wootton’s graduation is June 12 at 2:30 p.m. at Constitution Hall.

Condoleezza Rice, assistant to President Bush for National Security will address graduates at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, although some students there have signed a petition protesting the choice.

U.S. Rep. Constance A. Morella (R-8) will speak at both Rockville and Montgomery Blair high schools.

Among other prominent commencement speakers are actor Danny Glover, who will speak at Walter Johnson High School, and four members of the 1971 Alexandria Titans football team, at Richard Montgomery High School. The recent movie "Remember the Titans," starring Denzel Washington, was based on the 1971 T.C. Williams football team.