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College Speakers Delivering Powerful Commencement Speeches

The popular college speakers in this category are experts in delivering powerful keynote and commencement speeches. Celebrities, activists, bestselling authors, professional athletes, professors, or business leaders, these motivational college speakers attend campus events across the globe. Not only are these keynote speakers in high demand as commencement speakers, taking the stage to address graduating students with inspirational messages, but these popular university speakers are also sure to entertain and motivate any college crowd as a guest lecturer, sharing their knowledge on business success, entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation.

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Charlene Carruthers

Writer, Filmmaker & Black Studies Scholar; Founder of BYP100

Jessica Williams

Actress, Comedian, Former Correspondent on "The Daily Show" & Co-Host of the "2 Dope Queens" Podcast

Chella Man
(2 ratings)

Transgender Model, Activist & Artist

Yoruba Richen
(2 ratings)

Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker; Known For TED Talk on the Intersection of Civil Rights & LGBT Rights

Ijeoma Oluo
(7 ratings)

Writer & Social Activist Known for Her Work on Issues of Race & Identity; Author of "So You Want to Talk About Race"

Geena Rocero
(8 ratings)

Transgender Model & Advocate; Founder of Gender Proud

Janet Mock
(1 rating)

Author, Feminist, Transgender Rights Activist, TV Host & Founder of #GirlsLikeUs

Jason Collins
(2 ratings)

First Openly Gay Player In Major League Sports; Retired NBA Player; Equality Advocate

Amandla Stenberg

Actor, Singer & Activist Known for "The Hate U Give," "The Hunger Games" & "Everything, Everything"

Staceyann Chin
(2 ratings)

Spoken Word Poet, Performing Artist & LGBTQ+ Rights Political Activist

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez
(3 ratings)

Actress & Singer; Known for "Pose"; HIV Awareness Advocate

Tamika D. Mallory
(3 ratings)

Social Justice Leader & Movement Strategist

Kimberlé Crenshaw
(4 ratings)

Civil Rights Advocate & Leading Scholar in Critical Race Theory

Shane Ortega
(11 ratings)

The US Army's First Openly Trans Soldier

Ellen McGirt
(4 ratings)

Senior Editor at Fortune Magazine & "RaceAhead" Columnist

Alex Newell
(2 ratings)

Grammy Award-Winning Actor & Singer Known for "Glee"

Nikki Giovanni
(13 ratings)

Poet, Educator & Best-Selling Author

Angela Davis
(6 ratings)

Feminist, Social Activist, Professor & Writer

Dr. Harry Edwards
(5 ratings)

Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, Civic Activist & Author

LZ Granderson
(1 rating)

CNN & ESPN Columnist; Celebrated Voice on Sports, Race & Gay Rights

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