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Colleges Notable Commencement Speakers 2013  

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Notable commencement speakers of 2013 include famous people from the world of politics, business, news, entertainment and sports, not to mention those most famous around the world itself, who spoke at a college or university commencement ceremony in 2013. While not every university will invite a high-profile commencement speaker, most are eager to offer their graduates some last words of wisdom care of the invited speaker.

Every year colleges fight for the honor of receiving visits from world leaders which makes the likes of President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and President Bill Clinton, all of which delivered 2013 commencement speeches, in high demand. Though only a few lucky schools secure these top picks. Those who don't nab these speakers can have others in the world of politics such as Mitt Romney, who spoke at Southern Virginia University, Elizabeth Warren, who spoke at Framingham University, and Michael Bloomberg, who made the address at Stanford University, just to name a few.

Other schools will opt for someone a bit less serious. Comedian Stephen Colbert, for example, spoke at the University of Virginia. Ed Helms was the 2012 commencement speaker at Knox College. Bill Cosby addressed graduates at Paul Quinn College. Even the unlikely pick of rap mogul Dr. Dre gave a commencement speech at the University of Southern California.

So whether you're a fan of Oprah Winfrey's commencement speech at Harvard University, the address Twitter CEO Dick Costello gave the University of Michigan or the speech by George Saunders at Syracuse University, which has seen been adopted into a book, vote for your favorite notable commencement speakers of 2013 below. When you're done, head over and vote for the best non-fiction books of 2013, the funniest movies of 2013 and the best albums of 2013 too!

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Barack Obama age 56 - Morehouse College, United States Naval Academy, Ohio State University

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Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Bill Clinton age 71 - Howard University

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Joe Biden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Joe Biden age 75 - University of Pennsylvania

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Stephen Colbert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Stephen Colbert age 53 - University of Virginia

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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Oprah Winfrey age 64 - Harvard University

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Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Michelle Obama age 54 - Eastern Kentucky University, Bowie State University

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Mitt Romney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Mitt Romney age 71 - Southern Virginia University

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Kerry Washington is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Kerry Washington age 41 - George Washington University

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Gabrielle Giffords is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Gabrielle Giffords age 47 - Bard College

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Neil deGrasse Tyson age 59 - Rice University

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Cory Booker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Cory Booker age 48 - Yale University

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Jimmy Kimmel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Jimmy Kimmel age 50 - University of Nevada-Las Vegas

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar age 70 - New England Institute of Technology

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Brian Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Brian Williams age 58 - Elon University

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Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Bill Cosby age 80 - Paul Quinn College

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Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Terry Bradshaw age 67 - New England Institute of Technology

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Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Martin Sheen age 77 - La Roche College

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George Saunders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
George Saunders age 59 - Syracuse University

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Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Melinda Gates age 53 - Duke University

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Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Elizabeth Warren age 68 - Framingham State University

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Ed Helms is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Ed Helms age 44 - Knox College

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Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Katie Couric age 61 - Randolph Macon College

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Jon Lovett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Jon Lovett Pitzer College

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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Dr. Dre age 53 - University of Southern California

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Al Franken is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Al Franken age 64 - University of Minnesota-Morris

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Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Eric Idle age 75 - Whitman College

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Ted Cruz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Ted Cruz age 47 - Hillsdale College

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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Robert Redford age 80 - Westminster College

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Vera Wang is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Vera Wang age 68 - Sarah Lawrence College

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Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama age 82 - Tulane University

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James Carville is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
James Carville age 73 - Hobart and W. Smith Colleges

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Steve Wozniak is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Steve Wozniak age 67 - Univerisity of California-Berkeley

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Joss Whedon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Joss Whedon age 53 - Weslean University

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Tom Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Tom Brokaw age 78 - Loyola University

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Cal Ripken, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Cal Ripken, Jr. age 57 - University of Maryland

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Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Annie Lennox age 63 - Berklee College of Music

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Julie Bowen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Julie Bowen age 48 - Greenwich Academy

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Nate Silver is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Nate Silver age 40 - Ripon College

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Drew Houston is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Drew Houston age 35 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Michael Bloomberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Michael Bloomberg age 76 - Stanford University, Kenyon College

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Dick Costolo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Dick Costolo age 54 - University of Michigan

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Martin Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Martin Dempsey age 66 - Arizona State University

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Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Wynton Marsalis age 56 - University of Vermont

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Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Arianna Huffington age 67 - Smith College

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Ben Bernanke is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Ben Bernanke age 64 - Princeton University, Bard College at Simon's Rock

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Lewis Black is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Lewis Black age 69 - Thurgood Marshall College

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Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Julie Andrews age 82 - University of Colorado

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Deepak Chopra is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Deepak Chopra age 70 - Hartwick College

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Steve Case is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Steve Case age 59 - University of North Carolina

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Timothy M. Dolan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Notable Commencement Speakers 2013
Timothy M. Dolan age 68 - University of Notre Dame