2019 Commencement Graduation Speakers List

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DateCommencement SpeakerInstitution
05/03/19 TARA WESTOVER
Author
Northeastern University
05/03/19 JACK WHITE
Artist
Wayne State University
05/04/19 KATIE HOLMES
Actress
University of Toledo
05/04/19 CHARLES KELLEY and Dave HAYWOOD
Members of the Lady Antebellumm Band
University of Georgia
05/05/19 FAREED ZAKARIA
Journalist and Author
Ohio State University
05/05/19 MAVERICK CARTER
Entrepreneur
Annenberg School of Communication
05/10/19 KEN JEONG
Actor
UNCG
05/11/19 MITCH DANIELS
Purdue University President

Purdue University
05/11/19 GLENN CLOSE
Actress

William & Marry
05/11/19 DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN
Author
Emmanuel College
05/11/19 MICHIO KAKU
Theoretical Physicist and Author

High Point University
05/11/19 JARRETT KROSOCKZKA
Author and Illustrator

Southern New Hampshire University
05/11/19 ELIZABETH STROUT
Author
University of Maine Farmington
05/11/19 KATE SULLIVAN
Actress, Paralympic Star
Webster University
05/11/19 JAMES PATTERSON
Bestselling Author
University of Florida
05/11/19 J.J. WATT
NFL Star and Former Badger Footbal Player
University of Wisconsin Madison
05/11/19 JENIFER GARNER
Actress
Denison University
05/11/19 ERIN RYAN
Writer
St. Mary’s College of Maryland 
05/12/19 MARY DALY
CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Syracuse University
05/15/19 AZAR NAFISI
Author
Susquehanna University
05/17/19 MICHAEL BLOOMBERG
Philantropist
Washington University
05/17/19 SONIA SOTOMAYOR
Supreme Court Justice
Manhattan College
05/18/19 ARTHUR BROOKS
Author
Claremont McKenna College
05/18/19 DAVID BROOKS
Author
University of New Hampshire
05/18/19 LAVERNE COX
Actress
Pitzer College
05/18/19 TIM COOK
Apple CEO
Tulane University
05/18/19 JAMAICA KINCAID
Author
Bard College
05/18/19 JANE GOLDEN
Founder of Mural Arts Philadelphia
Albright College
05/18/19 CINDY LAUPER
Singer-Songwriter
Northern Vermont University
05/18/19 ALAN LIGHTMAN
Author and Educator
Skidmore College
05/19/19 MADELEINE ALBRIGHT
Former Secretary of State
Bucknell University
05/19/19 PIERCE BROSNAN
Actor
Dickinson College
05/19/19 SAVANNAH GUTHRIE
NBC News' Co-Anchor
George Washington University
05/19/19 PEGGY NOONAN
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist
University of Notre Dame
05/19/19 LESTLIE ODOM Jr.
Actor and Singer
Carnegie Mellon University
05/19/19 AI-JEN POO
Genius Award Winner
Smith College
05/19/19 JERRY SPINELLI
Author
Gettysburg College
05/19/19 SCOTT TUROW
Author and Attorney
Muhlenberg College
05/19/19 OPRAH WINFREY
Author and Attorney
Colorado College
05/20/19 VIOLA DAVIS
Actress
Barnard College
05/20/19 ROXANE GAY
Author
Pratt Institute
05/22/19 TORI AMOS
Singer-Songwriter
Peabody Conservatory Johns Hopkins Univ.
05/23/19 JEFF DANIELS
Actor
Kean University
05/23/19 JEFFREY GOLDBERG
Journalist, Atlantic Editor
Johns Hopkins University
05/24/19 MICHAEL BLOOMBERG
Entrepreneur
University of Maryland
05/24/19 BILL NYE
Science Educator
Goucher College
05/25/19 MICHAEL DELL
Businessman
UT Austin
05/25/19 DAVID E. KELLEY
Television wirter
Colby College
05/25/19 WES MOORE
Business Executive
Lafayette
05/26/19 JOHN KRASINSKI
Actor
Brown University
05/26/19 KRISTA TIPPETT
Author and Radio Show Host
Middlebury College
05/30/19 ANGELA MERKEL
Cancellor of Germany
Harvard Commencement Speaker
06/03/19 ELLIE KEMPER
Actress, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Princeton University Class Day Ceremony
06/06/19 SCOTT STRINGER
New York City Comptroller
Touro College
06/07/19 MICHAEL BLOOMBERG
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
MIT
06/09/19 LEE SHALLAT CHEMEL
Director
Lawrence University
06/09/19 YO-YO MA
Cellist
Dartmouth University
06/14/19 ANNA LEE FISHER
Chemist, Physician, Astronaut
UCLA College
06/15/19 MADELEINE ALBRIGHT
Former Secretary of State
UC San Diego
06/16/19 TIM COOK
Apple CEO
Stanford
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