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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!
1
Aaron S. Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
Aaron S. Williams
UCLA
2
Al Gore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 70
Hamilton College
3
Alec Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 60
New York University
4
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 47
Harvard University
5
Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 68
Sara Lawrence College
6
Aron Ralston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 43
Carnegie Mellon
7
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 57
Scheduled to speak at the United States Coast Guard Academy after Miami-Dade College
8
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 72
NYU
9
Bob Schieffer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 82
Rochester Institute of Technology
10
Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 53
Princeton University
11
Christiane Amanpour is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 61
Northwestern University
12
David Brooks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 57
Rice
13
David Muir is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 45
Ithaca College
14
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 64
University of Pennsylvania
15
E. O. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 89
UNC
16
Elie Wiesel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 90
Washington University in Saint Louis, Lehigh University
17
Gwen Ifill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 63
Lafayette College
18
Indra Nooyi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 63
Wake Forest University
19
Jane Pauley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 68
University of Indianapolis
20
Jeffrey Sachs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 64
Grinnell College
21
Judith A. McHale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
Colby College in Maine
22
Lisa Kudrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 55
Vassar College
23
Marcia Gay Harden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 59
University of Texas-Austin
24
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 69
Barnard College
25
Michael Bloomberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 2011 College Graduation Speakers
age 77
Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University