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Distinguished Visitors to MUM    
Asterisk (*) indicates recipient of the Maharishi Award

Commencement speakers

  • William Ellinghaus, president of AT&T
  • Jim Leach, former U.S. Congressman and Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities 
  • Stephen Collins* — award-winning actor, writer, and musician
  • Norman Rosenthal, M.D. — South African, author, psychiatrist, and scientist
  • Candy Crowley* — American news anchor
  • Tom Harkin, U.S. Senator from Iowa
Government leaders
  • Robert Ray, Governor of Iowa
  • Thomas Vilsack, Governor of Iowa
  • Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa
  • Tom Harkin, U.S. Senator from Iowa
  • Chen Chung-Ming — Chinese Minister of Health
Business leaders
  • Sam Walton, Founder of Walmart 
  • William Zimmerman, founder of Pic ‘n Save
  • Eugene Wigner*, Nobel Laureate in Physics
  • Brian Josephson*, Nobel Laureate in Physics
  • ECG Sudarshan, award-winning Indian-American physicist 
  • Marvin Minsky, American cognitive scientist in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), co-founder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's AI laboratory
  • John Ikerd*, noted American economist, proponent of sustainable agriculture and author
  • Hazel Henderson* — futurist, economist, consultant on sustainable development, author 
  • Oprah Winfrey, American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist
  • David Lynch, award-winning film director and author
  • Doug Henning — legendary Canadian magician
  • Donovan* — Scottish singer and songwriter
  • Mike Love — founding member of the Beach Boys
  • Moby — American musician
  • Joe Namath, Hall of Fame football player
  • Mark Victor Hansen*, American speaker, trainer, and author, founder and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series
  • Jack Canfield*, American speaker, trainer, and author, founder and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series
  • Stephen Covey*, American educator, author, businessman, and speaker, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Reverend Michael Beckwith* — minister and author
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