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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
Barnard College, U.S. Air Force Academy
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Aaron Sorkin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
Syracuse University
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Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
University of Virginia
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Tom Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
Vanderbilt University, Arizona State University
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Colin Powell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
Northeastern University
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Cameron Munter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
Pomona College
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Jim Lehrer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
William & Mary
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Brian Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
George Washington University
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Michele Bachmann is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
Regent University
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Adam Savage is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
Sarah Lawrence College
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Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
Smith College
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Cokie Roberts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Ted Koppel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
University of Massachusetts
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Debbie Stabenow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
Alma College
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Bill McKibben is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
Claremont School of Theology
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Bruce Bastian is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
Westminster College
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Bill Strickland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
Middebury College
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John Brennan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
Fordham University
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J.R. Martinez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
Clark College
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Michael Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
Princeton
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Jane Lubchenco is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
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Gwen Ifill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
Holy Names University
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Fareed Zakaria is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
Duke University, Harvard University
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Cory Booker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
Stanford University, Hampton University
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Greg Boyle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2012
Loyola University Maryland