Commencement Speeches 2017: Complete List of Hollywood Speakers
Oprah Winfrey, Lauren Graham and Hillary Clinton are among the elite list of speakers who will be offering wisdom to this year's graduating classes.
It’s the end of an era for many graduates.
As commencement season begins, a handful of prominent names from the entertainment industry (and politics) will be on hand to bid farewell to departing graduates and offer insightful wisdom as students start the next chapter in their lives.
From Oprah Winfrey to Hillary Clinton, below is a list of bold-faced names confirmed to take the stage at various universities in the upcoming months (list to be updated as more names are announced):
University of Southern California (May 12) — Will Ferrell
Virginia Tech (May 12) — Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg
University of Wisconsin-Madison (May 12-13) — Modern Family co-creator Steven Levitan
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (May 13) — Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.)
Rutgers University (May 14) — Sopranos actor Steven Van Zandt
University of Pennsylvania (May 15) — Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.)
The Skidmore College (May 20) — Oprah Winfrey
Lafayette College (May 20) — Alexander Hamilton author Ron Chernow
Harvard University (May 25) — Facebook founder (and Harvard dropout) Mark Zuckerberg
Wellesley College (May 26) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Brooklyn College (May 30) — Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (June 10) — Apple CEO Tim Cook
Dartmouth College (June 11) — CNN anchor Jake Tapper
Langely High School (June 15) — Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham
University of California, San Diego (June 17) — Dalai Lama