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Commencement Speakers

Inspiring Graduating Classes with Commencement Wisdom: Messages from Distinguished Speakers

List of 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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Rachael Denhollander
(1 rating)

Lawyer & Advocate for Sexual Abuse Victims

Jameela Jamil
(1 rating)

Actress, Outspoken Feminist, Mental Health & Body Positivity Advocate

James Clear
(3 ratings)

#1 New York Times Bestseller Atomic Habits & Personal Development Expert

Bobby Berk
(1 rating)

Founder & Creative Director at Bobby Berk Home; Former Resident Designer on Netflix's "Queer Eye"

Tan France
(1 rating)

Fashion Designer & TV Personality Known for Netflix's "Queer Eye"

Antoni Porowski
(2 ratings)

Chef, Model & TV Personality Known for Netflix's "Queer Eye"

Jonathan Van Ness

Hair & Beauty Expert, Author, Television Personality; Known for Netflix's "Queer Eye"

Karamo
(5 ratings)

Television Host & Culture Expert on Netflix's "Queer Eye"

Alex Salkever
(2 ratings)

Artificial Intelligence & Advanced Technology Futurist; Author of "The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future"

Sylvia Acevedo
(15 ratings)

Engineer, Rocket Scientist & Technology Leader; Inspirational Speaker; Corporate Director at Qualcomm; Former CEO of Girl Scouts USA

Tiffany Haddish
(1 rating)

Comedian, Actress, Dancer & Author

Ibtihaj Muhammad
(2 ratings)

First Female Muslim-American to Medal at the Olympics, Member of the U.S. Fencing Team & Author of "Proud"

Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington
(1 rating)

Chief Environmental Research Scientist at Environmental Health Research Associates, LLC.

Sterling K. Brown

Emmy Award-Winning Actor; Known for His Roles in "This Is Us" & "American Crime Story"

Simone Biles

Most Decorated Gymnast Ever & Record Holder for Most Gold Medals at a Single Olympic Games

April Ryan
(4 ratings)

White House Correspondent, MSNBC Political Analyst, D.C. Bureau Chief for TheGrio & Author

Hector Tobar
(2 ratings)

Pulitzer Prize Winner, Journalist & Best-Selling Author of "Deep Down Dark"

Diane Guerrero
(8 ratings)

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

Eduardo BriceƱo
(26 ratings)

Founder & CEO at Growth.how, Former CEO of Mindset Works, Facilitating a Growth Mindset

Monica Lewinsky
(1 rating)

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