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2013 Commencement Speakers List
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Universities and colleges from around the country are announcing their Spring 2013 commencement graduation speakers. The hope is that with today's ubiquitous linking, sharing, tweeting and pinning, the speakers realize they are essentially imparting wisdom not only with the day's graduates and their families but with thousands more potential, virtual audience members. No pressure...there is great potential. Last year's top two commencement speakers landed book deals after their speeches went viral.

DateCommencement SpeakerInstitution
05/02/13 Liz Murray, Author, "From Homeless to Harvard" University of Utah
05/03/13 Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Northeastern University
05/04/13 Andy Alexander, Journalist Ohio University
05/04/13 Richard (Dick) Costolo, Twitter CEO University of Michigan
05/04/13 Charlie Denson, Nike Brand President Utah State University
05/04/13 Patrick Doyle, CEO of Domino's Pizza Central Michigan University
05/04/13 Walter Robb, Businessman Whole Foods Co-CEO University of Pacific
05/04/13 Martin Sheen, Actor La Roche College
05/05/13 Barack Obama, 44th US President Ohio State University
05/05/13 Terry Bradshaw, Pro Footbal Hall of Famer New England Inst. of Tech.
05/09/13 Toni Morisson, Author Vanderbilt Univ., Senior Day
05/10/13 Julie Andrews, Actress University of Colorado
05/10/13 Norman Aderson, American Psychological Assoc. UNC Greensboro
05/11/13 Sharyn Alfonsi, TV Journalist/td> Univ. of Mississippi
05/11/13 Tom Brokaw, TV Journalist and Anchor Loyola University
05/11/13 Lawrence Bender, Movie Producer University of Maine
05/11/13 David Brooks, NYT Columnist and Author Sewanee, Univ. of the South
05/11/13 Norbert Leo Butz, Actor Webster University
05/11/13 Bill Clinton, 42nd US President Howard University
05/11/13 Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist Rice University
05/11/13 Al Franken, US Senator Univ. of Minnesota Morris
05/11/13 John Green, Author Butler University
05/11/13 Carson Kressley, Fashion Celebrity Philadelphia University
05/11/13 Annie Lennox, Singer Berklee College of Music
05/11/13 Sheri McCoy, CEO of Avon Products Univ. of Massachusetts
05/11/13 Darius Rucker, Lead Singer Hootie& the Blowfish Univ. of South Carolina
05/11/13 Haley Scott DeMaria, Motivational Speaker Seton Hill University
05/12/13 Tammy Baldwin, US Senator Beloit College
05/12/13 Carl Bernstein, Watergate Era Reporter Marietta College
05/12/13 Melinda Gates, Philantropist Duke University
05/12/13 Steve Case, Co-founder of AOL Univ. of North Carolina
05/12/13 Shahid Khan, Entrepreneur University of Illinois
05/12/13 Nicolas Kristof, New York Times columnist Syracuse University
05/12/13 Jeffrey Sacks, Economist Ethical Cult. Fieldston School
05/12/13 Mark Shields, Political Analyst Saint Michaels College
05/12/13 Nate Silvers, New York Times statistician Ripon College
05/13/13 Joe Biden, US Vice President University of Pennsylvania
05/13/13 Rita Dove, Poet and Author Emory University
05/13/13 Mark Shields, Political Analyst Saint Michael's College, VT
05/16/13 Cokie Roberts, Political Commentator LSU
05/16/13 Jimmy Iovine, Music Producer Univ. of Southern California
05/17/13 Marcus Eriksen, Ecological Adventurer Univ. of New Orleans
05/17/13 Alex Kipman, Primary inventor of Kinect for Xbox Rochester Inst. of Tech. RIT
05/17/13 Maria Shriver, Journalist and Author Wheelock College
05/18/13 His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Spiritual Leader of Tibet Tulane University
05/18/13 Stephen Colbert, Author and TV Host Univ. of Virginia, Valediction Speaker
05/18/13 Carlos Eire, Author and Professor Midland University
05/18/13 Anders Holm, Comic Actor and Writer University of Wisconsin
05/18/13 Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 Gold Medial Olympic Sprinter Univ. of Texas at Austin
05/18/13 Ruth Markowitz, Entrepreneur Scripps College
05/18/13 David McCullough, Writer Lesley University
05/18/13 Jeff Hoffman, Priceline Founder Bradley University
05/18/13 William Staples, Motivational Speaker Warren CC College
05/18/13 Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO of Chobani Inc. Sage Colleges
05/19/13 Regina Benjamin, US Surgeon General Spelman College
05/19/13 Cory Booker, Newark Mayor Yale Univ. Class Day Speech
05/19/13 Charles Frank Bolden, head of NASA Delaware State University
05/19/13 James Carville, Political Commentator Hobart and W. Smith Colleges
05/19/13 Steven Chu, Nobel Laureat in Physics University of Rochester
05/19/13 Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Barnard College
05/19/13 Howard Gordon, Writer and Co-Creator of the TV Series 'Homeland' Connecticut College
05/19/13 Rick Hodes, Physician and Author Brandeis University
05/19/13 Eric Idle, Comedian and Actor (Monty Phyton) Whitman College
05/19/13 Arianna Huffington, Political Journalist and Author Smith College
05/19/13 Monte Lipman and Avery Lipman, Republic Records founders University at Albany
05/19/13 Wynton Marsalis, Jazz and Classical Musician University of Vermont
05/19/13 Duncan Niederauer, CEO of NYSE Euronext Colgate University
05/19/13 Cal Ripken, Baseball Legend University of Maryland
05/19/13 Eugene Harold Robinson, Columnist Utica College
05/19/13 Barack Obama, 44th US President Morehouse College, Atlanta
05/19/13 Claude M. Steele, Social Scientist Tufts University
05/20/13 Byron Pitts, CBS Journalist Clark College
05/21/13 Bill Cosby, Actor and Entertainer University of Baltimore
05/23/13 Julie Bowen, Actress Greenwich Academy
05/24/13 Anne Fadiman, Author and Essayist College of Holy Cross
05/24/13 Michael Uslan, Batman Executive Producer Mohawk Valley Community College
05/24/13 Judith Viorst, Author Goucher College
05/25/13 Deepak Chopra, Author Hartwick College
05/25/13 Brian Williams, New Anchor Elon University
05/25/13 Gabrielle Giffords and M. Kelly, Former Congresswoman and Retired Space Shuttle Commander Bard College
05/26/13 Jonathan Safran Foer, Writer Middlebury College
05/26/13 Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator Vassar College
05/26/13 Thomas Tull, Batman Executive Producer Hamilton College
05/26/13 Joss Whedon, Writer & Director (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Avengers) Wesleyan University
05/30/13 Oprah Winfrey, Entrepreneur, Talk Show Host Harvard University
06/01/13 Katie Couric , Journalist and TV Personality Randolph-Macon College
06/01/13 Robert Redford, Actor Westminster College
06/02/13 Ben Bernanke, Economist Princeton University
06/07/13 Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox MIT
06/08/13 Ed Helms, Actor and Comedian Knox College
06/15/13 Lewis Black, Comedian Thurgood Marshall College
06/16/13 Michael Bloomberg, NY City Mayor Class Day Lecture at Stanford
06/21/13 Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ballet Dancer Northwestern University
09/17/13 Tim Minchin, Musician and Comedian The University of Western Australia

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