Notable Commencement Speakers 2012 Anything

Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

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This list of notable commencement speakers for colleges in 2012 includes some incredibly prestigious individuals. In 2012, students at colleges all over the U.S. were fortunate enough to hear commencement addresses from politicians, heads of state, successful businessmen from many different industries, journalists and actors/actresses.

Among the most distinguished 2012 commencement speakers: President Barack Obama, who addressed students at Barnard College and the U.S. Air Force Academy. First Lady Michelle Obama was also quite busy during the graduation season, addressing graduating classes at Virginia Tech, North Carolina A&T and Oregon State University, among others. Joe Biden gave the commencement address at the USMA, West Point, in 2012 (his wife, Jill, spoke to Broward College's graduating class as well), and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke at the Liberty University graduation ceremonies.

Journalists are often a popular choice as commencement speakers, and in 2012, those giving commencement addresses included Katie Couric (University of Virginia), Tom Brokaw (Vanderbilt University), Christiane Amanpour (University of Southern California), Brian Williams (George Washington University) and Bob Woodruff (Boston College).

Actors and actresses who were commencement speakers included Steve Carell (Princeton University), Jane Lynch (Smith College) and Robert De Niro (Bates College). Oprah Winfrey addressed graduates at Spelman College, and Aaron Sorkin gave the commencement address at Syracuse University in 2012. And former Saturday Night Live cast member Andy Samberg delivered the commencement speech at Harvard University.
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    Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Barack Obama Barnard College, U.S. Air Force Academy

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    Syracuse University

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    Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Katie Couric University of Virginia

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    Vanderbilt University, Arizona State University

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    Colin Powell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Colin Powell Northeastern University

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    Pomona College

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    Jim Lehrer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Jim Lehrer William & Mary

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    Brian Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Brian Williams George Washington University

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    Regent University

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    Sarah Lawrence College

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    Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Jane Lynch Smith College

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    Cokie Roberts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Cokie Roberts University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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    University of Massachusetts

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    Debbie Stabenow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Debbie Stabenow Alma College

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    Claremont School of Theology

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    Westminster College

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    Bill Strickland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Bill Strickland Middebury College

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    Fordham University

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    J.R. Martinez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    J.R. Martinez Clark College

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    Princeton

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    Jane Lubchenco is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Jane Lubchenco University of Puget Sound

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    Holy Names University

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    Duke University, Harvard University

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    Cory Booker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Cory Booker Stanford University, Hampton University

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    Loyola University Maryland

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    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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    Mount Ida College

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    Vassar College

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    Kevin White is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Kevin White Loras College

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    A.G. Lafley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    A.G. Lafley Hamilton College

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    Nancy S. Grasmick is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Nancy S. Grasmick McDaniel College

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    Howard G. Sutton II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Howard G. Sutton II Salve Regina University

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    H. Carl McCall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    H. Carl McCall State University of New York at Delhi

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    Christopher M Connor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Christopher M Connor Baldwin-Wallace College

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    J. Eustace Wolfington is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    J. Eustace Wolfington Cabrini College

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    Joseph J. Plumeri is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Joseph J. Plumeri Iona College

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    Lehman College of the City University of New York

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    Joan Mussa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Joan Mussa Malone University

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    Joia Mukherjee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Joia Mukherjee MGH Institute of Health Professions

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    Vivian Pinn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Vivian Pinn Sweet Briar College

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    Three Rivers College

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    Elie Wiesel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Elie Wiesel Wagner College

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    Josiah Bunting III is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Josiah Bunting III Randolph College

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    Wang Shu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Wang Shu Rhode Island School of Design

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    Teresa A. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Teresa A. Sullivan Southwestern University in Texas

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    Sonia Picado Sotela is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Sonia Picado Sotela St. Edward's University

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    Carol Geary Schneider is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

    Carol Geary Schneider Ursinus College

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    University of California, Berkeley and Boston University

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    Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012

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    Neil Gaiman University of the Arts

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