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Colleges 2011 College Graduation Speakers  

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We've compiled the most comprehensive list of commencement speakers for 2011 across all universities that we could put together. The top keynote speaker at each university and college is listed here. As you can see, the graduation class of 2011 got a fine mix of commencement speakers from celebrities to politicians to writers and broadcasters. Let me know if I missed any famous 2011 commencement speakers. I was surprised by a lot of the colleges famous speakers, especially the fact that they could get Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to speak. You'll notice that some speakers, like Michelle Obama and Elie Wiesel, are going to make their appearance at multiple colleges. In addition, I alphabetized the list for you in order to make finding your favorite celebrity or politician that much easier. Enjoy!
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Aaron S. Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
Aaron S. Williams UCLA

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Al Gore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 70 - Hamilton College

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Alec Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 60 - New York University

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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 46 - Harvard University

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Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 67 - Sara Lawrence College

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Aron Ralston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 42 - Carnegie Mellon

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 56 - Scheduled to speak at the United States Coast Guard Academy after Miami-Dade College

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Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 71 - NYU

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Bob Schieffer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 81 - Rochester Institute of Technology

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Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 50 - Princeton University

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Christiane Amanpour is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 57 - Northwestern University

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David Brooks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 56 - Rice

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David Muir is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 44 - Ithaca College

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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 63 - University of Pennsylvania

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E. O. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 88 - UNC

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Elie Wiesel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 87 - Washington University in Saint Louis, Lehigh University

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Gwen Ifill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 62 - Lafayette College

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Indra Nooyi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 62 - Wake Forest University

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Jane Pauley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 67 - University of Indianapolis

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Jeffrey Sachs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 63 - Grinnell College

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Judith A. McHale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
Colby College in Maine

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Lisa Kudrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 54 - Vassar College

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Marcia Gay Harden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 58 - University of Texas-Austin

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 68 - Barnard College

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Michael Bloomberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 76 - Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University

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Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 54 - University of Northern Iowa, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and Spelman College

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Morgan Spurlock is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 47 - Salt Lake Community College

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Nancy Pelosi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 78 - Mills College

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Naomi Wolff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
Naomi Wolff State University of New York-Oswego

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Peter R. Orszag is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 49 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Rachel Maddow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 45 - Smith College

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Ray Stata is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
MIT

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Robert Gates is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 74 - Notre Dame

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Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 48 - Barnard College

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Sol Gittleman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
Sol Gittleman age 84 - Tufts University

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Stephen Colbert is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 53 - Northwestern University

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Steve Ballmer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 62 - USC

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Steve Wozniak is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 67 - Michigan State University

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Thomas L. Friedman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 64 - Tulane University

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Tom Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 78 - St. Lawrence University, John Carroll University

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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 59 - Yale University

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Toni Morrison is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 87 - Rutgers University

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Tony Kushner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 61 - Muhlenberg College, School of Visual Arts

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Vicente Fox is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 75 - University of the Pacific

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Wangari Maathai is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
Dec. at 71 (1940-2011) - Vanderbilt

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Wendy Kopp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 50 - Marquette University

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Wyclef Jean is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 48 - Western Connecticut State University