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!