Who’s Speaking at College Graduations in 2017

Mark Zuckerberg Source: Harvard Gazette

As Spring semester is coming to an end, this means students in their senior year are getting ready to graduate. Many U.S colleges have lined up impressive commencement speakers ranging from leaders in business worlds, entertainments, and politics.


Let’s look at a list of college commencement speakers as of April 2017.


Brooklyn College

Senator Bernie Sanders, who is an American politician who has been the junior United States Senator from Vermont since 2007 and is the longest serving independent in U.S congressional history.

Dartmouth College

Jake Tapper is the Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN, anchor of the CNN weekday television news show The Lead, and anchor of the CNN and CNN International Sunday morning affairs program State of the Union.

Harvard University

Mark Zuckerberg, founder, and CEO of Facebook, the social networking platform widely credited with transforming how almost 1.9 billion people interact, will be the commencement speaker at Harvard’s 366th Commencement.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Congressman John Lewis is an American politician and civil rights, leader. He is the U.S Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district, serving since 1987, and is the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tim Cook is an American business executive, industrial engineer, and developer. He is the current and seventh CEO of Apple Inc., previously serving as the company’s Chief Operating Officer, under its founder Steve Jobs. Tom Cook will be speaking at MIT Commencement Ceremony.

The University of Notre Dame

Source : Biography.com
Source : Biography.com

Vice President Mike Pence is an American politician, lawyer and the 48th Vice President of the United States. He previously served as the 50th Governor of Indian from 2013 to 2017 and will be featured speaker at the University of Notre Dame.

University of Pennsylvania

Senator Cory Booker is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from New Jersey, in office since 2013. Prior becoming U.S Senator, he served as mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013. This year Senator Cory Booker will be featured speaker at UPenn Commencement Ceremony.

Skidmore College

Oprah Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Oprah will be a speaker at the graduation ceremony for an upstate New York college that some graduates of her South African school attended.

University of Southern California

Will Farrell is an Emmy and tony-nominated actor and a recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor will deliver the main address at the University of Southern California’s 134th Commencement Ceremony.

Virginia Tech

Source: NPR
Source: NPR

Sheryl Sandberg is an American technology executive, activist, and author. She is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and founder of Leanln.org will address Virginia Tech’s Class of 2017 during University Commencement exercises.

Wellesley College

Hillary Clinton is an American politician who was the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, U.S Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001, and the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United Sates in the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton, whose first-ever student commencement speech at Wellesley College in 1969, one of its esteemed graduates, will be giving this year’s commencement address at Wellesley College.


Sam_Lee_uiucSam Lee / Intern Reporter