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2014 Commencement Graduation Speakers List
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The search for the perfect Spring 2014 graduation speaker has started quite a while back and universities, colleges, and high schools are announcing who will be speaking at their commencement graduation ceremonies.

It should not be a surprise that with today's ubiquitous linking, sharing, tweeting, and pinning, an amazing graduation speech has the potential to reach thousands of other people. The opposite is true as well, and pouring on the typical commencement platitudes will not sit well with the ready to tweet audience members. So here I am, hoping that each year more speakers will take the time to craft a memorable commencement address.

DateCommencement SpeakerInstitution
05/02/14 JANET NAPOLITANO
Former Sec­re­tary of Home­land Secu­rity, Pres­i­dent of the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­fornia
Northeastern University
05/03/14 MARY BARRA
General Motors CEO
University of Michigan
05/03/14 WILLIAM JOYCE
Academy Award Winner, Author and Illustrator
Centenary College, Shreveport
05/03/14 JON MEACHAM
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
Maryville University
05/03/14 COLIN POWELL
Former US Secretary of State
High Point University
05/03/14 SHERYL SANDBERG
Facebook Executive and Author
2011 Barnad Speech
City Colleges of Chicago
05/04/14 JEHANE NOUJAIM
Academy Award-Nominated Director
Northwestern University in Qatar
05/09/14 JOE BIDEN
Vice President of the United States
University of South Carolina
05/09/14 JIM WHITEHURST
Red Hat President and CEO
Campbell University Law School
05/10/14 FEDELE BAUCCIO
Co-Founder and CEO of Bon Appetit Management Company
Albion College
05/10/14 JEFF BAUMAN & CARLOS ARREDONDO
Boston Marathon victim and "the man in the cowboy hat" credited with helping save Bauman's life
Fisher College, Boston
05/10/14 PEMA CHODRON
Buddhist Teacher
Naropa University
05/10/14 SEAN 'PUFF DADDY' COMBS
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Entertainment Mogul
Howard University
05/10/14 MARC HARSHMAN
West Virgina Poet Laureate
West Liberty University
05/10/14 RICK MASTRACCHIO
Astronaut, Currently on the International Space Station
University of Connecticut
05/10/14 JIMMY PAGE
The Led Zeppelin Guitarist
Berklee College of Music
05/10/14 GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS
ABC Anchor, "Good Morning America"
Franklin & Marshall College
05/11/14 MARTIN DEMPSEY
General, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Duke University
05/11/14 ATUL GAWANDE
Surgeon and Best-Selling Author
2013 Graduation speech
Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
05/11/14 JAY LENO
Comedian, Former Host of NBC's "Late Night Show"
Emerson College
05/11/14 LEROY PETRY
Medal of Honor Recipient
College of William & Mary
05/11/14 DAVID REMNICK
New Yorker Editor
Syracuse University
05/12/14 JOHN LEWIS
U.S. Rep., Civil Rights Icon
Emory University
05/16/14 BILL BRYSON
Author
Kenyon College
05/16/14 TONY LA RUSSA
Former Cardinals Manager
Washington University
05/17/14 TORY BURCH
Entrepreneur and Fashion Designer
Babson College
05/17/14 TERRY GROSS
Award Winning NPR Interviewer, Host of Fresh Air Show
Bryn Mawr College
05/17/14 JON HUNTSMAN
Former Utah Governor
Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
05/17/14 GWEN IFILL
PBS News Anchor and Best-Selling Author
St. Mary's College Maryland
05/17/14 JENNIFER LEE
"Frozen" Screenwriter/Director
Univ. of New Hampshire
05/17/14 RAY MABUS
U.S. Secretary of the Navy
Univ. of Virginia
05/17/14 WYNTON MARSALIS
Acclaimed Jazz Musician, Grammy Winner and Pulitzer Prize Recipient
2013 Graduation speech
Tulane University
05/17/14 BILL NYE
The Science Guy
Umass Lowell
05/16/14 MICHELLE OBAMA
First Lady
Topeka High Schools
05/17/14 BOB SCHIEFFER
Anchor of CBS News' "Face the Nation"
Saint Anselm College in Manchester
05/17/14 FOREST WHITAKER
Oscar Winning Actor
Miami University
05/18/14 MADELEINE ALBRIGHT
First Female Secretary of State, 1997
2007 Graduation speech
Dickinson College Carlisle PA
05/18/14 JOSE ANDRES
World-renowned Chef
The George Washington Univ.
05/18/14 RICHARD BLANCO
Fifth Inaugural Poet
Univ. of Rhode Island
05/18/14 GLORIA BORGER
Chief Political Analyst for CNN
Colgate University
05/18/14 KATIE COURIC
Journalist and Television Personality
2007 Speech: Simple Lessons for a Complicated Time
Trinity College
05/18/14 TEMPLE GRANDINE
Autism Awareness Advocate, Innovator in the Livestock Industry and Best-selling Author
Providence College
05/18/14 CHRISTINE LAGARDE
The First Woman to Serve as Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
withdrawn
Smith College
05/18/14 PEYTON MANNING
Denver Broncos quarterback, NFL MVP
Univ. of Virginia
05/18/14 RACHEL MARTIN
Journalist and Host of National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday
University of Puget Sound
05/18/14 KAL PENN
Actor
DePauw University
05/18/14 DAVID PLOTZ and HANNA ROSIN
Authors and Journalists (online magazine Slate and DoubleX)
Ripon College
05/18/14 CHRIS REGAN
Emmy Award-Winning Writer (Family Guy, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart)
Ithaca College
05/18/14 CONDOLEEZZA RICE (withdrawn)
Former Secretary of State
Rutgers University
05/18/14 CECILE RICHARDS
Planned Parenthood President
Barnard College
05/18/14 RON SHAICH
Founder and CEO of Panera Bread
Clark University
05/18/14 ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER
President of the New America Foundation
Tufts University
05/18/14 HAMDI ULUKAYA
Founder of Chobani Yogurt Company
University at Albany
05/19/14 JILL ABRAMSON
Executive Editor of The New York Times
Wake Forest University
05/19/14 MARTY BARON
Washington Post Executive Editor, Pulitzer Prize Winner
Lehigh University
05/19/14 JOHN KERRY
US Secretary of State
Boston College
05/19/14 JOHN LEGEND
Nine-time Grammy Award-Winning Musician
University of Pennsylvania
05/20/14 RICCARDO MUTI
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director
Northwestern University
05/22/14 SUSAN WOJCICKI
CEO of YouTube
Johns Hopkins University
05/23/14 JOYCE DIDONATO
Celebrated Mezzo-soprano
Juilliard
05/23/14 JON FAVREAU
Former Obama Speechwriter
College of Holy Cross
05/23/14 FAREED ZAKARIA
Host of CNN’s International Affairs Program, Columnist, and Bestselling Author
2009 Graduation speech
Sarah Lawrence College
05/24/14 MARY CARILLO
Former Professional Tennis Player and Sport Commentator
Elon University
05/24/14 ED HELMS
Actor ("The Office")
2013 Graduation speech
Cornell
05/25/14 CHRISTOPHER DICKEY
Award-winning Author and Journalist
Hamilton College
05/25/14 DIANA NYAD
The First Person to Swim the 110 Miles between Cuba and Florida without the Aid of a Shark Cage
Middlebury College
05/25/14 ALEXIS OHANIAN
Reddit Co-founder
Carthage College
05/25/14 ISABEL WILKERSON
Pulitzer Prize-winning Author
Bates College
05/29/14 MICHAEL BLOOMBERG
Businessman and Former New York City Mayor
Harvard University
05/30/14 EDWARD RENDELL
Former Pennsylvania Governor
Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trade
06/06/14 ELLEN KULLMAN
DuPont CEO
MIT
06/07/14 NATASHA TRETHEWAY
Poet Laureate of the United States
Knox College
06/08/14 SHONDA RHIMES
TV Producer, Golden Globe winner, Creator of ABC hits Grey's Anatomy and Scandal
Darmouth College
06/11/14 PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
The 44th President of The United States
Worcester Technical High School
06/14/14 STEVE BALLMER
Former CEO of Microsoft
University of Washington
06/14/14 BRANDI CHASTAINS
World Renowed Soccer Star and Girl's Advocate
Santa Clara University
06/15/14 NORMAN FISHER
Zen Buddist priet and poet, Everyday Zen Foundation
Stanford, Baccalaureate speaker
06/15/14 BILL & MELINDA GATES
Philanthropists
Stanford
06/15/14 JOHN QUINONES
Emmy Award-winning Co-anchor of ABC's PrimetimePhilanthropists
University of Washington Bothell
06/16/14 GREG CREED
Chief Executive Officer for Taco Bell Corp
U.C. Irvine Paul Merage School of Business
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The commencement speakers list will continue to grow as I am adding announced speakers well into May 2014 so please come back to see which other surprises there are in store for us this graduation season. I am happy to take sugestions, so please email me at gradwisdom@gmail.com if you want to let me know who is speaking at your graduation exercises this Spring.



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