Commencement Speakers

Commencement is an often anticipated ceremony where college graduates are awarded with their degree or diploma. For many students, commencement is a huge milestone in their academic or professional careers, and a time where they can celebrate all of their achievements at their institution. As graduates are ushered into the next chapter of their lives, an inspiring commencement speaker's message can stay with them for years after they hang up their cap and gown. These celebrities, business speakers, industry leaders, and successful alumni are accomplished keynote speakers who are a perfect addition to college graduation day.

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Hasan Minhaj
(1 rating)

Comedian, Actor, Writer & Star of "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj"

Monica Lewinsky
(1 rating)

Social Activist; Expert on Cyberbullying, Women's Issues & Reinvention; Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair

Diane Guerrero
(7 ratings)

Immigration Reform Activist & Actress Known for "Orange is the New Black" & "Jane The Virgin"

Ali Wong

Actor, Comedian & New York Times Best-Selling Author

Alex Salkever
(1 rating)

Futurist, Author of "The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future"

Coach Ken Carter
(3 ratings)

Coach, Author, Educator & Inspiration for the Film "Coach Carter"

Tracee Ellis Ross

Actress, Youth Volunteer & Star of "Black-ish"

Bill Nye

"The Science Guy"; Science Communicator, TV Presenter & Mechanical Engineer; Climate Change Activist

Elizabeth Smart
(3 ratings)

Abduction Survivor, News Correspondent & Child Safety Activist

Tatyana McFadden
(2 ratings)

Paralympic Wheelchair Racer, Nordic Skier, 4-time World Major Marathon Grand Slam Winner & 17-Time Paralympic Medalist

Lizzie Velasquez
(8 ratings)

Motivational Speaker; Author of "Lizzie Beautiful" & "Be Beautiful, Be You;" Once Labeled "The World's Ugliest Woman"

Issa Rae
(2 ratings)

Actress, Writer, Director & Producer Known for HBO's "Insecure" & "Awkward Black Girl"

Danny Trejo
(5 ratings)

Actor, Activist & Restaurateur

Geena Rocero
(7 ratings)

Transgender Model & Advocate; Founder of Gender Proud

Adrian Grenier

Actor Known for HBO's "Entourage"; Environmental Activist; UN Ambassador

Baratunde Thurston
(1 rating)

Futurist Comedian, Writer & Cultural Critic

April Ryan
(4 ratings)

White House Correspondent, CNN Political Analyst & D.C. Bureau Chief for American Urban Radio Networks

Viola Davis

Academy Award-Winning Actor, Producer & Philanthropist

Kara Swisher
(1 rating)

Host of Sway Podcast, Contributing Opinion Writer, New York Times & Co-Host of Pivot Podcast at New York Magazine