Commencement Speakers 2014: Who Is Speaking at Your Graduation?

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The 2014 repertoire of commencement speakers is full of inspiring, humorous, and powerful figures in politics, television, and current events. Who is the commencement speaker at your college graduation? Email us or add your school’s commencement speaker in our comments.

Congratulations to all 2014 college graduates! Enjoy your commencement speakers.

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The Complete List of 2014 Commencement Speakers

  • Alma CollegeLou Glazer, president of Michigan Future Inc
  • Assumption College: Boston attorney and anti-abortion activist Frances X  Hogan
  • Babson CollegeTory Burch, CEO and designer of Tory Burch, an American lifestyle brand
  • Baldwin Wallace UniversityMark Shapiro, president of the Cleveland Indians, and William T  Hiller, executive director of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
  • Beacon CollegePatricia Latham, Immediate Past President of the Learning Disabilities Association of America and a founding member of Beacon College
  • Cabrini CollegeLisa Johnson Nutter, president of Philadelphia Academies, Inc , and Michael O’Neill, co-founder and chair of the Philadelphia School Partnership
  • California Institute of Integral StudiesJames Hormel, philanthropist and former ambassador
  • Catholic University of AmericaPhilip Rivers, quarterback of the San Diego Chargers
  • Central Community College, in Nebraska:  J. Noah Brown, president and chief executive officer of the Association of Community College Trustees
  • Centre College: Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear
  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College: Michele St. Louis-Weber, a factory manager at Intel Corporation
  • Colby College:  Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
  • Colgate UniversityGloria Borger, chief political analyst for CNN
  • Colorado CollegeJane Lubchenco, the first woman to serve as the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Columbia University: actor and screenwriter Dan Futterman
  • Columbus State University:  Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
  • Cornell University: actor Ed Helms
  • Dickinson CollegeMadeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State
  • Duke University: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey
  • Emmanuel CollegeKenneth Feinberg, administrator of the One Fund Boston
  • Endicott College: Anne Mosle, vice president at the Aspen Institute and executive director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute
  • Fayetteville State UniversityDonald Reaves, chancellor at Winston-Salem State University
  • Fisher College: Jeff Bauman and Carlos Arredondo, who became heroes during the Boston Marathon tragedy when Arredondo helped save Bauman’s life by wrapping a makeshift tourniquet around his leg and wheeling him to safety
  • Fresno Pacific University: Randy White, community activist, author, and director of the Center for Community Transformation
  • George Washington University: Chef José Andrés
  • Green Mountain College: the longest-serving member of the US Senate, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy
  • Hamilton College: Award-winning author and journalist Christopher Dickey
  • Harper College:  US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker
  • Harvard University: former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
  • Hilbert College: Sister Ann Marie Hudzina, general minister of the Franciscan Sisters of St.  Joseph
  • Iona CollegeReverand Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York
  • Ithaca College: Emmy Award–winner Chris Regan, currently a writer for Family Guy
  • Johns Hopkins University: YouTube Chief Executive Officer Susan Wojcicki
  • Juniata College: John Kuriyan, professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California at Berkeley
  • Lafayette College: Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson Miller
  • Lake Forest College: Kelly Leonard ’88, executive vice president of Second City
  • Lakeland CollegeJeffrey Selingo, a contributing editor to The Chronicle of Higher Education and professor of practice at Arizona State University
  • Loyola University Maryland: Mark K. Shriver, senior vice president for strategic initiatives and senior advisor to the CEO of Save the Children
  • Loyola University New Orleans: David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN
  • Mansfield University: Francis Duffy, professor of public administration and coordinator of the master of public administration program at Gallaudet University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Ellen Kullman, DuPont Chief Executive Officer
  • Miami University, in Ohio: Forest Whitaker, actor
  • Michigan Technological University: former astronaut and NFL football player Leland D. Melvin
  • Middlebury CollegeDiana Nyad, who last year defied the odds and dangers to achieve her lifelong goal to become the first person to swim the 110 miles between Cuba and Florida without the aid of a shark cage or fins
  • Mississippi College: Jim Futral, executive director-treasurer at the Mississippi Baptist Convention
  • Montclair State UniversityJames Patterson, novelist
  • Morehouse CollegeJeh C. Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security
  • National Louis UniversityBarbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, and Daniel Greenstein, director of postsecondary success for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • New York University: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen
  • New York University Abu Dhabi: former President Bill Clinton
  • Northeastern University: Former Secretary of Homeland Security and current University of California President Janet Napolitano
  • Northwestern College (Iowa): James Bultman, former president of Hope College and Northwestern College
  • Norwich University: Former director of the National Security Agency General Keith Alexander
  • Oberlin College: United State Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez
  • Ohio State University: MSNBC Anchor Chris Matthews
  • Pacific Oaks College: Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Pasadena City College: Dr. Eric Walsh
  • Princeton University: former Vice President Al Gore
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Virginia M. Rometty, the chairman, president, and CEO of IBM
  • Ripon CollegeDavid Plotz and Hanna Rosin, both journalists from Slate
  • Roanoke CollegeWarner Dalhouse, retired chairman and CEO of First Union National Bank in Roanoke, VA
  • Robert Morris UniversityCarol R. Brown, former president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Bobby Vagt, former president of the Heinz Endowments
  • Roger Williams University: Governor Lincoln D. Chafee of Rhode Island
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology: Gregg A. Lowe, CEO of Freescale Semiconductor
  • Rowan University: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
  • Rutgers UniversityCondoleezza Rice, 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African-American woman to hold the post
  • Saint Anselm CollegeBob Schieffer, anchor and moderator of “Face the Nation”
  • San Jacinto CollegeScott McClelland, president of H-E-B’s Houston division
  • Sarah Lawrence CollegeFareed Zakaria, a host for CNN and editor-at-large of Time
  • Scripps College: Nonie Creme, who helped found Butter London, a beauty product brand
  • Simmons College: Billie Jean King, the tennis star
  • Smith College: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde
  • St. Charles Community CollegeGraham R. Fisher, chief scientist at SunEdison Inc.
  • St . Edward’s UniversityDavid Warren, president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • St . Mary’s College of Maryland: Gwen Ifill, PBS news anchor
  • Stanford University: philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates
  • Stonehill College: CEO of the Boston Globe, Michael Sheehan
  • Syracuse UniversityDavid Remnick, editor of The New Yorker
  • Thomas University: Major General (Retired) Bernard “Burn” Loeffke
  • Trinity College: Katie Couric, award-winning journalist
  • Tulane University: Wynton Marsalis, New Orleans native and Pulitzer Prize winner
  • United States Military Academy at West Point: President Barak Obama
  • UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business: Greg Creed, CEO for Taco Bell Corporation
  • Union College: Dr. Deborah L. Birx, a renowned international expert in the field of HIV/AIDS
  • Unity CollegeCéline Cousteau, the nature documentary film-maker
  • University of California at MercedKristina Johnson, CEO of Enduring Hydro LLC, and Merced County Superior Court Judge Paul C. Lo
  • University of California Irvine: President Barack Obama
  • University of Maryland: Maryland Governor and 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful, Martin O’Malley
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell: Bill Nye the “Science Guy”
  • University of Michigan: General Motors Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra
  • University of New Hampshire: Frozen screenwriter and director Jennifer Lee, the first woman to direct an animated feature film for Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • University of North Carolina at AshevilleArthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Dr. Atul Gawande, a celebrated surgeon and best-selling author
  • University of Pennsylvania: John Legend, Grammy award–winning soul artist, philanthropist, and UPenn alum
  • University of RochesterChris Matthews, political news commentator and author
  • University of South Carolina: Vice President Joe Biden
  • University of Southern California: Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com
  • University of Texas: United States Navy Admiral William H. McRaven
  • University of the Pacific: Edward E. Whitacre Jr., the former CEO of AT&T and GM
  • University of Utah: Alex Smith, quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, a University of Utah graduate
  • University of Virginia: Ray Mabus, the US Secretary of the Navy
  • University of Washington: longtime Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
  • University of Wisconsin: former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman
  • Wake Forest University: New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson
  • Washington University in St  Louis: Tony La Russa, recently elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and considered one of the best managers in baseball history
  • Wellesley College: Susan L  Wagner, cofounder and director of BlackRock
  • Wesleyan University: civil rights activist Theodore M. Shaw
  • Wheelock CollegeHoward K. Koh, US Assistant Secretary for Health, and David C.  Banks, president and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation
  • Williams College: former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
  • Worcester Polytechnic InstituteBernard Amadei, founder of Engineers Without Borders USA, and cofounder of the Engineers Without Borders International network
  • Yale University: Secretary of State John Kerry

 

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One Comment

  1. Susan Reynolds May 5, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    MGH Institute of Health Professions Commencement is May 8. The keynote speaker is Dr. Gary Gottlieb, President and CEO of Partners HealthCare System.