Commencement Speakers 2010

Posted on May 1, 2010. Filed under: admissions advice, college admissions, College Advice, college choice, college counseling, college news, education, graduation | Tags: , , , , , |

It’s fun to see who will be speaking where and then decide if you want to hear or read what they have to say.

Here’s a current list of commencement speakers scheduled for graduation ceremonies at some universities around the country:

Amherst: Anthony W. Marx (President of the College)

Barnard: Meryl Streep

Beloit College: David Axelrod

Boston University: Eric Holder, current (and first black) US Attorney General

Bradley: Nancy Brinker

Berkeley (UC/Cal): Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker, Founder/The Webby Awards & The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.

Caltech: Charles Bolden (head of NASA)

Carnegie Mellon – Ian Rawson

Case Western: Katie Couric

Colorado College: Wade Davis (Anthropologist/Ethnobotanist)

Cornell: Nancy Pelosi

Dartmouth: Stephen Henry Lewis, former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations

Duke: Muhammad Yunus, economist and Nobel Peace Prize winner

Emory: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Fordham:  Ireland’s president Mary Macaleese.

Franklin & Marshall: Judy Woodruff

George Washington University: Michelle Obama (tentatively)

Goucher: Charles F. Bolden Jr., administrator of NASA

Hamilton: Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric

Harvard: Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter ’61 + Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent

Johns Hopkins: Michael Bloomberg

Lewis & Clark: Dr. Mark Plotkin, environmental scientist, Pres. of the Amazon Conservation Team.

Lesley University: Arne Duncan

Liberty: Glenn Beck

Loyola University of New Orleans: Drew Brees

Michigan: Obama

Middlebury: married authors Nicholas Kristof (NYT columnist) and Sheryl WuDunn

MIT: Raymond S. Stata, MIT alumnus ’57

Northwestern: Christiane Amanpour

Notre Dame: Brian Williams

NYU: Alec Baldwin

Oberlin: Julie Taymor

Ohio Wesleyan: John McCain

Penn- Huntsman – former Ambassador to China

Pomona: Janet Napolitano

Princeton: Jeff Bezos

Rice: Muhammad Yunus

RIT: Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News

Scripps: Sue Monk Kidd

Smith: Rachel Maddow

Southern California (USC): Steven B. Sample, USC President

Stanford: Ambassador Susan Rice, Eboo Patel, and Professor Debra Satz

Syracuse: Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase

Tulane: Anderson Cooper

UCLA: Gustavo Arellano, Columnist of ‘¡Ask a Mexican!’

UNC Chapel Hill: John Grisham

Vanderbilt: Khaled Hosseini

Vassar: Lisa Kudrow (Vassar Class of ’85)

Washington University in St. Louis – Steven Chu, US Energy Secretary (1997 Nobel Prize)

WPI: Curt Schilling

Wesleyan: John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor and Colorado gubernatorial candidate

Wake Forest: Kenneth I. Chenault, Chairman and CEO, American Express Company

Whitman College: Juan Williams, journalist, writer widely known for “Eyes on the Prize” that became a PBS series

William and Mary: Christina Romer, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors

Williams: Jay McInerney (author and Williams alum)

Yale: Bill Clinton


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