2018 Commencement Graduation Speakers List

For the latest round of this year's commencement speakers visit the new page:

2019 Graduation Speakers List

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.
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DateCommencement SpeakerInstitution
05/03/18 BEN NEMTIN
Producer
University of Utah
05/04/18 CHARLES KELLEY and Dave HAYWOOD
Members of the Lady Antebellumm Band
University of Georgia
05/04/18 CYNTHIA NIXON
Actress and Activist
Helene Fuld College of Nursing
05/05/18 RONAN FARROW
Journalist
Loyola Marymount University
05/05/18 JOSH GROBAN
Singer and Songwriter
High Point University
05/05/18 ALEXANDER PAYNE
Filmmaker
Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln
05/06/18 HANNAH STORM
ESPN Anchor
The Univ. of Portland
05/10/18 AMAL CLOONEY
International Human Rights Lawyer
Vanderbilt Univ., Senior Day Address
05/11/18 DEEPAK CHOPRA
Author and Alternative Medicine Advocate
Univ. of Southern California
05/11/18 SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE
Oncologist and Author
University of Southern California
05/11/18 OPRAH WINFREY
Talk Show Host and Actress
USC Annenberg
05/12/18 MICHAEL BLOOMBERG
Entrepreneur
Rice University
05/12/18 DAVID BROOKS
Author
Butler University
05/12/18 MARIA CARDONA
CNN Contributor
University of California Merced
05/12/18 CHANCE THE RAPPER
Hip-Hop Artist
Dillard University
05/12/18 MAE JEMISON
Medical Doctor
Creighton University
05/12/18 MICHAEL KEATON
Actor
Kent State
05/12/18 DAVID MUIR
Journalist
Univ. of Wisconsin Madison
05/12/18 JOHN LITHGOW & MARY YEAGER
Actor; Economic Historian
Dominican University of California
05/12/18 MARGOT LEE SHETTERLY
Author of "Hidden Figures"
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
05/12/18 KRISTA TIPPETT
Author, Broadcaster
Naropa University
05/13/18 TIM COOK
Apple CEO
Duke University
05/13/18 LENNY MENDONCA
Entrepreneur
University of California Merced
05/13/18 KATHRINE SWITZER
Athlete, Author, and Activist
Syracuse University
05/13/18 ANNA QUINDLEN
Author
Springfield College
05/14/18 ANDREA MITCHELL
Journalist
University of Pennsylvania
05/14/18 QUEEN LATIFAH
Actress
Rutgers University - Newark
05/14/18 DAN SCHULMAN
PayPal CEO
Rutgers University - Brunswisck
05/16/18 JOYCE CAROL OATES
Author
Columbia University School of Arts
05/16/18 AWADAGIN PRATT
Concert Pianist
Susquehanna University
05/16/18 JUSTIN TRUDEAU
Prime Minister of Canada
New York University
05/16/18 ABBY WAMBACK
Retired Soccer Player
Barnard College
05/17/18 ANITA HILL
Professor
Rutgers University - Camden Law School
05/18/18 CHELSEY GREEN
Musician and professor
Univ. of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts
05/18/18 ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER
Foreign Policy Expert
Washington University in St. Louis
05/19/18 ALISON BECHDEL
Author, Cartoonist, MacArthur Fellow
Skidmore College
05/19/18 BRANDON BROOK
NFL Player, Philadelphia Eagles
Miami University
05/19/18 JAIME CASAP
Chief Educational Evangelist at Google
Felician University
05/19/18 FRANCIS "SKIP" FENNEL
Professor Emeritus
McDaniel College
05/19/18 DAVID KIM
Violonist
Messiah College
05/19/18 NATE SILVER
Statistician
Kenyon College
05/19/18 APRIL RYAN
CNN, White House Correspondent
Bard College at Simon's Rock
05/20/18 JIM CRAMER
Financial Analyst and Author
Bucknell University
05/20/18 VIR DAS
Comedian
Knox College
05/20/18 RITA DOVE
Poet
Smith College
05/20/18 MARGO GEORGIADIS
CEO of Mattel Inc.
Univ. of Rochester
05/20/18 DAVID McCULLOUGH
Author, Historian
Providence College
05/20/18 STHEPHEN SMITH
CEO of L.L.Bean
Dickingson College
05/20/18 RITA DOVE
Poet
Smith College
05/20/18 DANIEL WEISS
CEO, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ithaca College
05/25/18 MICHELE NORRIS
Actor
College of the Holy Cross
05/26/18 AVA DuVERNEY
Director, screenwriter, activist
Cornell University
05/27/18 SUSAN COLLINS
U.S. Senator, Maine
Colby College
05/27/18 BENICIO DEL TORO
Actor
Mercersburg Academy
05/27/18 HEATHER McGHEE
President of Demos
Vassar College
05/27/18 JON MEACHAM
Author
Carthage College
05/27/18 ISABEL WILKERSON
Author and Journalist
Middlebury College
05/28/18 DAVID SEDARIS
Author
Oberlin College
06/03/18 ALEXANDER NEMEROV
Professor, Art History
University of Vermont
06/08/18 SHERYL SANDBERG
Facebook COO
MIT
06/10/18 MINDY KALING
Actress, Author
Dartmouth University
06/15/18 MAYIM BIALIK
Actress
UCLA
06/15/18 NIGTH SHYAMALAN
Movie Director
Drexel University
06/17/18 STERLING K BROWN
Actor
Stanford University
06/22/18 RENEE FLEMING
Soprano
Northwestern University
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I look forward to seeing if any of the 2018 Spring Commencement Speakers will get their graduation speeches published.

Here are notable books published in recent years following viral commencement speeches (yes, there are a few of those). They are not all boring!


Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman


Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling



This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life


You Are Not Special: ... And Other Encouragements


Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders

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