Colleges Notable Commencement Speakers 2014  

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Notable commencement speakers of 2014 include the politicians, business leaders and celebrities who spoke at commencement ceremonies around the world in 2014. Often for the sum of tens of thousands of dollars, all of these folks offered their advice, insight and encouragement to graduating college students in 2014.

Just like with the notable commencement speakers of 2013, each year there are a few speakers who are in very high demand. President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama all receive numerous requests for commencement speeches and have the tough choice of selecting the few they will do.

But it's not just top politicians who make commencement speeches regularly. Top business leaders like General Motors CEO Mary T. Barra, who spoke at the University of Michigan in 2014, and Bill and Melinda Gates, who spoke at Stanford, were also in high demand.

Even some unexpected celebrities got the speaking nod this year, and made very memorable speeches with their opportunities. Charlie Day knocked it out of the park when speaking to Merrimack College, as did Sandra Bullock who surprised teens at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans. One speech was even out of this world. Astronaut Rick Mastracchio addressed the University of Connecticut live via satellite from the International Space Station. If that's not inspirational, we're not sure what is.
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