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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
Al Gore age 70 - Hamilton College

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

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

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

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

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
Barack Obama 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
Bill Clinton age 71 - NYU

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

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Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
Brooke Shields age 52 - Princeton University

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Christiane Amanpour is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
Christiane Amanpour age 60 - Northwestern University

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

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

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

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

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Elie Wiesel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
Elie Wiesel age 89 - 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
Gwen Ifill age 62 - Lafayette College

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Michael Bloomberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
Michael Bloomberg 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
Michelle Obama 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
Morgan Spurlock age 47 - Salt Lake Community College

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Nancy Pelosi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
Nancy Pelosi 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
Peter R. Orszag age 49 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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

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

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

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Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
Sheryl Sandberg 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
Stephen Colbert age 53 - Northwestern University

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

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

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

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Tom Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
Tom Brokaw 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
Tom Hanks age 61 - Yale University

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

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Tony Kushner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
Tony Kushner 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
Vicente Fox age 75 - University of the Pacific

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

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

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