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2013 College Commencement Speakers

Mon, May 20, 2013 @ 11:48 AM

Words of Wisdom for Graduates  

Commencement Speaker Arriana HuffingtonIt’s graduation season and schools across the nation have invited politicians, actors, entrepreneurs, and more to inspire graduates as they receive their diplomas. Commencement speakers are meant to offer words of wisdom to students entering new, and often intimidating, chapters in their lives in the hopes that they will inspire them to reach for and achieve their goals.  

Here is a list of some of this year’s commencement speakers!  


Richard Costolo, Twitter CEO, University of Michigan  

Toni Morrison, Author, Vanderbilt University

Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, Howard University  

Melinda Gates, Philanthropist, Duke University  

Joe Biden, US Vice President, University of Pennsylvania  

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Spiritual Leader of Tibet, Tulane University  

Arriana Huffington, Political Journalist and Author, Smith College  

Brian Williams, News Anchor, Elon University  

Oprah Winfrey, Entrepreneur and Talk Show Host, Harvard University  

Stephen Colbert, Television Host, University of Virginia  

Julie Andrews, Actress and Author, University of Colorado  

Darius Rucker, Singer, University of South Carolina    

Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, Northeastern University

Steve Case, Co-Founder of AOL, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Cokie Roberts, Political Commentator, Louisiana State University

Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate in Physics, University of Rochester

Katie Couric, Journalist and TV Personality, Randolph-Macon College



What words of wisdom did you take away from your graduation speakers? Let us know in the comments section below!

Becca Huntting

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